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Synonyms for deficit
ˈdɛf ə sɪt; Brit. also dɪˈfɪs ɪtdeficit

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  1. deficitnoun

    fiscal deficit

  2. deficitnoun

    Deficiency in amount or quality; a falling short; lack.

    fiscal deficit

  3. deficitnoun

    A situation wherein, or amount whereby, spending exceeds government revenue.

    fiscal deficit

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deficit, shortage, shortfallnoun

    the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required

    "new blood vessels bud out from the already dilated vascular bed to make up the nutritional deficit"

    shortfall, shortage, dearth, famine


  2. deficitnoun

    a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning

    "the people concerned have a deficit in verbal memory"; "they have serious linguistic deficits"

    shortfall, shortage


  3. deficitnoun

    (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing

    shortfall, shortage


  4. deficitnoun

    an excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period)

    "last year there was a serious budgetary deficit"

    shortfall, shortage


Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. deficitnoun

    [L.] want, DEFICIENCY

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  1. Renzo Olivari:

    At the beginning of his time as governor, Terry McAuliffe faced a state budget prepared by his Republican predecessor that did not end up having enough revenue to cover the operating expenses. Not having enough revenues to cover expenses is the definition of a deficit, thanks to Terry's strong leadership, Virginia created 200,000 good-paying jobs, created 1,100 economic development projects, and increased personal income 14%. While Glenn Youngkin will deny hardworking Virginians a $15 [per] hour minimum wage, Terry will fight to increase it by 2024 and make sure our Commonwealth has the strongest post-COVID economy in the country.

  2. Marco Rubio:

    You’re still going to have hundreds of billions of dollars of deficit that you’re going to have to make up.

  3. Jeff Kingston:

    Given Japan's aging society and the growing budget deficit, there's a need for the young to increase tax payments, lowering the age of adulthood could be a way to convince them that they have a stake and voice in society.

  4. John Meyer:

    It's a meaningful number in terms of swinging the market from oversupply to deficit, it could squeeze the short sellers.

  5. Mark Cabana:

    The fundamental issue is there are just too many darn Treasuries out there, both parties are to blame. The $ 1 trillion deficit will keep this an issue.

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