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[fis-kuh l] /ˈfɪs kəl/
of or relating to the public treasury or revenues:
fiscal policies.
of or relating to financial matters in general.
(in some countries) a prosecuting attorney.
Philately. a revenue stamp.
Origin of fiscal
1530-40; < Latin fiscālis. See fisc, -al1
Related forms
fiscally, adverb
nonfiscal, adjective
nonfiscally, adverb
quasi-fiscal, adjective
quasi-fiscally, adverb
unfiscal, adjective
unfiscally, adverb
1. See financial. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fiscal
  • If the problem is a lack of demand, policies that boost demand-fiscal stimulus, aggressive monetary policy-will help.
  • The economy needs strong doses of both fiscal and monetary policy.
  • Others welcomed better co-ordination between monetary and fiscal policy.
  • But when expansionary monetary policy has gone as far as it can, banking and fiscal policies have their place.
  • Thanks to their low debt levels, many big emerging economies used fiscal and monetary stimulus vigorously and effectively.
  • It might not make fiscal sense to send humans into space, according to a certain financial metric.
  • Our previous fathers actually did do the better job parenting and matters of social and fiscal responsibilities.
  • Science aside, those on the far left don't seem to understand economic restraints and fiscal responsibility.
  • Today, the political and fiscal situations seem more disheartening.
  • The current fiscal system requires and demands a positive percentage growth rate in the world economies.
British Dictionary definitions for fiscal


of or relating to government finances, esp tax revenues
of or involving financial matters
  1. (in some countries) a public prosecutor
  2. (Scot) short for procurator fiscal
a postage or other stamp signifying payment of a tax
Derived Forms
fiscally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin fiscālis concerning the state treasury, from fiscus public money; see fisc
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Word Origin and History for fiscal

1560s, "pertaining to public revenue," from Middle French fiscal, from Late Latin fiscalis "of or belonging to the state treasury," from Latin fiscus "treasury," originally "purse, basket made of twigs (in which money was kept)," of unknown origin. The general sense of "financial" (1865, American English) was abstracted from phrases like fiscal calendar, fiscal year. Related: Fiscally.

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