Definition of fiscal in English:

fiscal

Line breaks: fis¦cal
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪsk(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Relating to government revenue, especially taxes: monetary and fiscal policy
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  • This year, thanks to rising revenues and wise fiscal policy, the deficit was $108 billion less than expected.
  • The problem is that there are two major levers on the economy: monetary policy, to do with the money supply, and fiscal policy, to do with how much the government spends.
  • With weak economic growth squeezing fiscal revenues, he was forced to announce a sharp increase in public borrowing in November.
Synonyms
1.1chiefly North American Relating to financial matters: the domestic fiscal crisis
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  • There is so much emphasis today on budgeting, investments, fiscal and financial matters, both public and private.
  • Our finance people, for example, are expert in fiscal matters, but we tend to forget that it takes more than a bottom line to make the bottom line.
  • It also recognizes ‘the rights of the Catholic Church in economic, legal and fiscal matters.’
1.2North American Denoting a financial year: the budget deficit for fiscal 1996
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  • The cuts will come on top of a tough fiscal 2005 budget that held government programs outside of homeland security and defense to an average 1 percent increase.
  • It closed fiscal 2002 with enough cash per share to cover 82% of its stock price.
  • India crossed the 100-million telephone subscribers-mark in the current fiscal 2005-06 in May.

noun

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1 archaic A legal or treasury official in some countries.
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  • As early as 1711, an Oberfiscal was appointed aided by a staff of fiscals who had to be secret appointments as they had the task of checking the honesty and integrity of government officials.
1.1Scottish archaic short for procurator fiscal.
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  • Police, fiscals and judges can all exercise discretion over who to prosecute.
  • A Scottish fiscal is teaching trial techniques to Moldovan lawyers.
  • And the police will sometimes tell you they are asked by fiscals for information which isn't necessary.
2 (also fiscal shrike) An African shrike (songbird) with black-and-white plumage.
  • Genus Lanius, family Laniidae: several species

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin fiscalis, from fiscus 'purse, treasury' (see fisc).

Derivatives

fiscally

adverb
it was fiscally essential to recover the deficit wrought by the recession these fiscally conservative times
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  • He was easily the more fiscally conservative candidate.
  • Its per-capita government savings rate is one of the world's highest, topped only by Singapore and a handful of other fiscally prudent nations.
  • At the top of the list: Be fiscally responsible and balance the budget.

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