fiscal

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

Definition of fiscal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

Other Words from fiscal

Adjective

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for fiscal

Synonyms: Adjective

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 The positive forecast comes nearly two years after the Ohio Department of Education officially took Parma City Schools off its fiscal caution list. John Benson, cleveland, 24 Nov. 2021 Across the 55 retailers surveyed for the 2021 NRSS, the average shrink rate for fiscal year 2020 was 1.6% — about even with fiscal year 2019 and slightly higher than fiscal years 2018, 2017 and 2016, which hovered between 1.3% and 1.4%. Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Nov. 2021 The fiscal packages has raised questions in some quarters about whether the jump in federal spending could further stoke inflation, already seeing the fastest rise in consumer prices in 30 years. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2021 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at nearly 35,602 last Friday, when the fiscal accountability reports were released. Keith M. Phaneuf, courant.com, 23 Nov. 2021 The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan organization favoring fiscal constraint, estimated that the bill would cost nearly $5 trillion if Democrats hadn't made some provisions temporary to be more affordable. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 20 Nov. 2021 The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan organization favoring fiscal constraint, estimated the bill would cost nearly $5 trillion if Democrats hadn’t made some provisions temporary to be more affordable. Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Ten years later, the same annual fiscal review could not be more different. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 But after the release on Thursday of section-by-section assessments from the Congressional Budget Office, the official fiscal scorekeeper, most were swayed. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His major reforms included fewer government programs and reduced government spending; less government intervention in fiscal, trade, and labor policies; income-tax cuts; and privatization. Lee Edwards, National Review, 14 Oct. 2019 The treasurer doesn't have much authority to set the state's fiscal or any other type of policy. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, 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, 5 June 2017 This year that is not an option if Republicans want to advance their ambitious fiscal... Kate Davidson, WSJ, 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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“Fiscal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fiscal. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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fiscal

adjective

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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