PECUNIA, civil law, property By the term was understood, 1. Money. 2. Every thing which constituted the private property of an individual, or which was a part of his fortune; a slave' a field, a house, and the like, were so considered.
     2. It is in this sense the law of the Twelve Tables said; Uti quisque pater familias legassit super pecunia tutelare rei suae, ita jus esto. In whatever manner a father of a family may have disposed of his property, or of the tutorship of his things, let this disposition be law. 1 Lecons Elem. du Dr. Civ. Rom. 288.
     3. Flocks were the first riches of the ancients, and it is from pecus that the words pecania, peculium, peculatus, are derived. Co. Litt. 207.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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When I asked him if he could do without money, he showed the convenience of money in such a way as to suggest and coincide with the most philosophical accounts of the origin of this institution, and the very derivation of the word pecunia. If an ox were his property, and he wished to get needles and thread at the store, he thought it would be inconvenient and impossible soon to go on mortgaging some portion of the creature each time to that amount.
Wiseman's panache for names means that her heroes must do battle with the likes of Pecunia Badpenny and the dubious thievery teacher Nick Lightfinger.
Sulpia'o Galba sunt posita ex pecunia, qua frumentarios ob annonam compressam damnarunt; et aediisplebi Q Fuluius Flaccus duo signa aurata uno reo damnaato
Uno modo, ipsa res quam cupimus adipisci: sicut avaro est finis pecunia. Alio modo, ipsa adeptio vel possessio, seu usus aut fruitio eius rei quae desideratur."
Ao analisar a situacao, a referida autora revela a solucao de um grave problema para a protecao do patrimonio cultural, que foi resolvido com o pagamento de uma desapropriacao, feita por esse motivo, nao em pecunia, mas pela transferencia do direito de construir.
17.c), does not necessarily require a chair of state for the character (Lady Aurelia Clara Pecunia).