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)

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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 Well, the Republicans have rediscovered their commitment to fiscal probity, which happens whenever a Democrat is president. ABC News, 30 May 2021 Areas for investment should be selected based on scientific opportunity, together with the prospective impact on both the human and fiscal burdens of disease, with special focus on underserved populations. Partnerships. George Vradenburg, STAT, 29 May 2021 Huge deficits have yet to drive up interest rates as many fiscal hawks have feared, however, and genuine anti-deficit sentiment is difficult to find in either political party. Andrew Taylor, ajc, 29 May 2021 One common measure of fiscal sustainability is debt as a share of the nation’s gross domestic output, or economic output. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 Huge deficits have yet to drive up interest rates as many fiscal hawks have feared, however, and genuine anti-deficit sentiment is difficult to find in either political party. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 The list of goodies weighs in at a record $6 trillion, The New York Times reports, which would clear the way for record fiscal spending and giant annual deficits. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 28 May 2021 The fiscal watchdog group said that the ten-year budget outlook should include a plan to address the structural deficits that predate the massive spending related to the coronavirus pandemic. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 The survey includes only CEOs who have served at least two full fiscal years at their companies, in order to avoid the distortions of big sign-on bonuses. Sarah Skidmore Sell, Star Tribune, 28 May 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 13 Jun. 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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