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fiscal

adjective fis·cal \ ˈfi-skəl \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of fiscal

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

fiscally

play \ˈfi-skə-lē\ adverb

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Examples of fiscal in a Sentence

  1. the fiscal health of the university

  2. gained some fiscal knowledge by taking an economics course

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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.

Origin and Etymology of fiscal

Latin fiscalis, from fiscus basket, treasury

fiscal Synonyms


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fiscal

noun

Definition of fiscal

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Origin and Etymology of fiscal


FISCAL Defined for English Language Learners

fiscal

adjective

Definition of fiscal for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

fiscal

adjective fis·cal \ ˈfis-kəl \

legal Definition of fiscal

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

fiscally

adverb

Origin and Etymology of fiscal

Latin fiscalis, from fiscus basket, treasury



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