Meaning of fiscal in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɪsk(ə)l/

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  • 1Relating to government revenue, especially taxes.

    ‘monetary and fiscal policy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It must also continue to adopt monetary and fiscal policies for solving economic problems.’
    • ‘Persistent revenue shortfalls and growing fiscal pressures create the need to seek and find alternative measures of meeting the demands on the public budget.’
    • ‘Revenue and fiscal deficits were projected at 2.9 and 4.4 per cent for 2004-05.’
    • ‘The government has a fiscal revenue projection of a billion dollars.’
    • ‘This has resulted in lower government revenue and a larger fiscal deficit.’
    • ‘Economic instability is caused by poor monetary and fiscal policies of a country.’
    • ‘Controlling both expenditures and revenues is fiscal prudence, something you promised.’
    • ‘At the same time, Beijing has also lost flexibility in pursuing fiscal policy due to its loss of revenues from provincial authorities.’
    • ‘Governments which pursue monetary and fiscal policies which are not seen to be sustainable in the long-term are punished hard these days - and much more rapidly than 30 or 40 years ago.’
    • ‘But it is precisely because Britain must be globally competitive that we need to maintain control of our currency, monetary policy and fiscal policy.’
    • ‘The rating reflects the Government's record of prudent economic and fiscal policies in the face of substantial structural challenges.’
    • ‘The upgrade reflects the country's bright economic prospects and prudent fiscal policies.’
    • ‘So if the UK reacts differently to changes in the world economy from the rest of the eurozone, the only lever left to stabilise the economy is fiscal policy.’
    • ‘In the 1980s the hike was caused by our domestic policies, as both monetary and fiscal policy pushed up the exchange rate.’
    • ‘A lot would depend on U.S. policy, not just monetary but fiscal policy.’
    • ‘Its causes may have little to do with monetary or fiscal policy being too tight.’
    • ‘A recent study by the US General Accounting Office tells us that in 1949, 47 per cent of all fiscal revenues were collected from corporations.’
    tax, budgetary, revenue
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    1. 1.1mainly North American Relating to financial matters.
      ‘the domestic fiscal crisis’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Secondly, if you look at his record, it has been very good on fiscal matters.’
      • ‘That combination - a cyclical economy and high fixed costs - virtually guarantees a fiscal crisis during an economic slowdown.’
      • ‘The state budget fell for the first time since the fiscal crises of the 1970s.’
      • ‘And this is so even though two of the founding members, France and Germany, have frequently themselves been in breach of the rules, particularly in fiscal matters.’
      • ‘He cannot be extradited to Britain because of an Anglo-Irish agreement that rules suspects in fiscal matters are not subject to extradition.’
      • ‘I believe in equality of opportunity, not just for fiscal matters but for matters of the heart.’
      • ‘He will meet with students, educators and administrators during the month of November to discuss fiscal matters.’
      • ‘This crowd literally doesn't have a clue when it comes to fiscal matters.’
      • ‘In the past, it was unheard of to discuss fiscal matters pertaining to security wings.’
      • ‘He then listed the consequences of failing to address ‘the looming fiscal crisis in Social Security.’’
      • ‘That's an impossibility given the state's fiscal crisis.’
      • ‘So the strong fiscal and monetary stimulus is a positive for gold investors.’
      financial, monetary, pecuniary, budgetary, fiscal, commercial, trade, mercantile
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    2. 1.2North American Denoting a financial year.
      ‘the budget deficit for fiscal 1996’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘According to the company, Q3 and Q4 are scene-setters for a barnstorming fiscal 2003.’


  • 1 archaic A legal or treasury official in some countries.

    • ‘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. 1.1Scottish archaic
      ‘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.’
      • ‘The Procurator Fiscal in Edinburgh is taking steps to ensure that all temporary fiscals are fully aware of, and follow, the correct procedures.’
      • ‘An extra £20m investment has paid for another 56 lawyers and 160 backroom staff, easing the pressure and giving fiscals more time to lift their heads and speak to police.’
  • 2

    (also fiscal shrike)
    An African shrike (songbird) with black-and-white plumage.

    Genus Lanius, family Laniidae: several species


Mid 16th century from French, or from Latin fiscalis, from fiscus ‘purse, treasury’ (see fisc).