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With respect to or by means of monetary considerations; with (excessive) attention to financial interest. Also as adjective: relating to money, financial.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), writer and Church of England clergyman. From post-classical Latin ad crumenam to the purse from classical Latin ad to + crumēnam, accusative of crumēna purse.
ad crumenam/ˌad krʊˈmiːnəm/
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