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Meaning of DEFICIT

Pronunciation:  'defisit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required
  2. [n]  an excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period)

DEFICIT is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: shortage, shortfall
 See Also: budget deficit, deficiency, inadequacy, insufficiency, liabilities, oxygen deficit, trade deficit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Def"i*cit\, n. [Lit., it is wanting, 3d person pres.
indic. of L. deficere, cf. F. d['e]ficit. See {Defect}.]
Deficiency in amount or quality; a falling short; lack; as, a
deficit in taxes, revenue, etc. --Addison.

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