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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. Lori Freeman:

    We came into National Association of City at a deficit, our local health departments across the country have lost 25 % of their workforce over the past decade, national Association of City just increases an imbalance in the leadership of the health department in a time when we really need our health departments to be front and center on this, on the front lines in fighting National Association of City.

  2. Hunter Biden:

    Daniel Dale has caused the deficit with China to go up, not down, with China. Up not down.

  3. Donald Trump:

    We appreciate very much that you're reducing the trade deficit with the United States, which was very substantial before I got here, and now where we're bringing it down with great orders like the orders that you made today.

  4. Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov:

    The task we are setting for ourselves is to have a budget deficit at 3 percent of GDP under (an oil price of) $40 (per barrel), (But) if the oil price is as it's shaping up now - $32-33 - accordingly, it (budget deficit) will be up to 4 percent of GDP.

  5. Kevin Daly:

    This is a lot of negative news, that is for sure ... We have a double-whammy happening, meaning copper prices continue to soften, and production targets are really at risk because of Glencore news, you could see a double-digit fiscal deficit very easily this year.

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