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

Ultimately, fiscal policy measures were needed for a full recovery. Rahul Menon, Quartz India, "India’s economic slump is far too deep to be tackled with mere tinkering of interest rates," 7 Aug. 2019 Todd is one of the more conservative members of the council on fiscal and business issues and has been a reliable supporter of the mayor. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. lawmaker Brandon Todd ramps up reelection campaign, draws first challenger," 1 Aug. 2019 The federal government is ill-prepared to shoulder what could be a trillion-dollar fiscal crisis associated with extreme weather, floods, wildfires and other climate disasters through 2100, federal investigators have found. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Climate Change Will Strain Federal Finances," 18 July 2019 After the election, Lamont told House Republican Leader Themis Klarides the state’s fiscal challenges have caused him to reassess which projects merit state bond funds. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Officials in the Valley dismayed by Gov. Ned Lamont’s reversal on fire training center," 25 June 2019 In their view, the need to tackle soaring pension obligations and other fiscal challenges with the tax revenue a casino would generate will likely override the opportunity to transform an area of the city. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "A tough bet for Lightfoot: Where to put Chicago's casino? Possibilities range from former Reese hospital to public housing sites," 5 June 2019 During Coppolino’s tenure, the city faced daunting fiscal challenges after losing tax revenue during the Great Recession. Daily Pilot, "New Fountain Valley fire chief’s local roots run deep," 26 July 2019 This major push for fiscal prudence was imposed on the Obama administration by the rise of the tax-fighting tea party movement, which popped up early in Obama’s first term and helped Republicans win back the House in 2010. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Trump budget deal shows the tea party is very dead," 26 July 2019 Joe Aiello, chairman of the MBTA fiscal and management control board, had been among the officials calling for more planning first before selling the land. BostonGlobe.com, "State calls off bidding on East Boston railroad right-of-way," 24 July 2019

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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