Definition of fiscal in English:


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


  • 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.
  • 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.


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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



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.


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

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