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

Another requirement, with is also in the trailer bill, is that ballot initiatives must contain a fiscal note and possible funding source for the proposed law. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "House OKs 2 bills that toughen Idaho initiative process," 29 Mar. 2019 Lawmakers backed a more robust budget plan -- but did not create enough revenue to fully fund it -- shortly before midnight Monday (June 4), the deadline for a two-week special session on fiscal issues. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Louisiana Legislature passes skeleton budget that cuts TOPS, higher ed," 4 June 2018 The goal is to raise wages for working people, build a stronger middle class, and then use that as a springboard for solving all sorts of societal issues, as well as fiscal issues. Gretel Kauffman, idahostatesman, "Pot-growing 'outlaw,' economics author face off for Idaho congressional seat | Idaho Statesman," 4 May 2018 Illinois is also stuck in a prolonged fiscal crisis thanks to unfunded public pensions. Aaron M. Renn, WSJ, "A Mad Dash for City Hall in the Windy City," 22 Feb. 2019 The fiscal crisis in New York was perfect timing to introduce these concepts and to have the bankers take over the government. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Not even shopping locally can save your favorite mom-and-pop — the problem is much, much bigger than that.," 21 Nov. 2018 That drop is the primary cause of the fiscal crisis the state is facing. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Louisiana House votes down major sales tax bill, negotiations continue," 25 May 2018 Thus, postal banking would simultaneously neutralize conservatives’ attempts to immunize payday lenders from federal regulations and to use the Postal Service’s supposed fiscal crisis as an excuse to privatize another core public good. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Have a Plan to Save the Post Office – and Kill Payday Lenders," 25 Apr. 2018 But by the time the building was done, the state's fiscal crisis had begun and the fancy new offices had become an embarrassment. Author: Charles Wohlforth | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska is a deadbeat state that still spends on shiny new things," 28 Mar. 2018

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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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fiscal

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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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