fiscal

adjective
fis·​cal | \ ˈfi-skəl How to pronounce fiscal (audio) \

Definition of fiscal

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1 : of or relating to taxation, public revenues, or public debt fiscal policy the city's fiscal requirements
2 : of or relating to financial matters fiscal transactions

fiscal

noun

Definition of fiscal (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from fiscal

Adjective

fiscally \ ˈfi-​skə-​lē How to pronounce fiscally (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for fiscal

Synonyms: Adjective

dollars-and-cents, financial, monetary, pecuniary, pocket

Antonyms: Adjective

nonfinancial

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Adjective

Fiscal derives from the Latin noun fiscus, meaning "basket" or "treasury." In ancient Rome, "fiscus" was the term for the treasury controlled by the emperor, where the money was literally stored in baskets and was collected primarily in the form of revenue from the provinces. "Fiscus" also gives us our word confiscate, which now means "to seize" but once referred to the forfeiting of private property to public use. Today we find "fiscal" in a number of phrases, including "fiscal year" (referring to a 12-month accounting period not necessarily coinciding with the calendar year) and "fiscal cliff," a term that rose to prominence in the U.S. in 2012 when much attention was focused on a series of anticipated year-end tax increases and spending cuts.

Examples of fiscal in a Sentence

Adjective

the fiscal health of the university gained some fiscal knowledge by taking an economics course

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Walmart defied a gloomy government retail sales report for December, delivering fiscal fourth-quarter profits and sales that beat Wall Street expectations. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Walmart flexes in the fourth quarter, beats all expectations," 20 Feb. 2019 DeMarinis and David Crow, fiscal projects manager for Montgomery’s Department of Finance, were named as defendants. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Robin Ficker, GOP candidate in Montgomery, files suit over public financing," 2 July 2018 His six-year tenure here saw growth in test scores, graduation rates and enrollment, but his administration was dogged by fiscal problems, cheating scandals and occasionally rocky relations with the teachers union. Los Angeles Times, baltimoresun.com, "Former Baltimore city schools CEO Andres Alonso a candidate for L.A. superintendent job," 21 Apr. 2018 The Republicans used to be the party of fiscal responsibility. Fox News, "Brit Hume: Op-ed may be disloyal, but is in no way treason," 6 Sep. 2018 Rich seized on the endorsement from Paul to highlight Johnson’s support for recreational marijuana and to voice concern about hardline fiscal conservatism. Morgan Lee, The Seattle Times, "Sen. Rand Paul backs Libertarian candidate in New Mexico," 28 Aug. 2018 Its program combined the fiscal conservatism of the center right with center-left sensibilities. Leonid Bershidsky, chicagotribune.com, "Oh, the symbolism of Germany's World Cup exit," 28 June 2018 Schultz is hardly the first Democrat to try to mix social liberalism with fiscal conservatism. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Howard Schultz’s Third Way," 6 June 2018 The call for fiscal conservatism was one of the more common refrains during hearings Tuesday and Wednesday about the city’s initial $163.7-million spending plan for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Luke Money, latimes.com, "Costa Mesa’s proposed $163.7-million budget brings calls for caution about spending and fees," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The treasurer doesn't have much authority to set the state's fiscal or any other type of policy. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Should Louisiana elect its state treasurer?," 13 Oct. 2017 If approved, the plan could raise $435 million through 2019, according to an April fiscal analysis of HB 2186. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Legislators look at compromise ideas to raise more revenue," 5 June 2017 This year that is not an option if Republicans want to advance their ambitious fiscal... Kate Davidson, WSJ, "GOP’s Path to Tax Changes Slowed by Upcoming Budget Fight," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of fiscal

Adjective

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fiscal

Adjective and Noun

Latin fiscalis, from fiscus basket, treasury

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English Language Learners Definition of fiscal

: of or relating to money and especially to the money a government, business, or organization earns, spends, and owes

fiscal

adjective
fis·​cal | \ ˈfis-kəl How to pronounce fiscal (audio) \

Legal Definition of fiscal

1 : of or relating to taxation, public revenues, or public debt fiscal policy
2 : of or relating to financial matters

Other Words from fiscal

fiscally adverb

History and Etymology for fiscal

Latin fiscalis, from fiscus basket, treasury

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