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A deficiency, misappropriation, or defalcation; a minus balance; something wanting.

Deficit is commonly used to mean any kind of shortage, as in an account, a number, or a balance due. Deficit spending or financing involves taking in less money than the amount that is paid out.


Federal Budget.


n. a shortage, less than is due, or in the case of a business or government budget, more expenditures than income. Unbalanced budgets with a planned year-end deficit are prohibited at every level of government except the federal.


noun absence, arrears, balance to pay, dearth, default, deficiency, financial shortage, inadequacy, insufficiency, lack, loss, meagerness, omission, overdraft, paucity, scantiness, scarcity, shortage, shortness
See also: arrears, debt, decrement, deficiency, delinquency, due, insufficiency, need, poverty

DEFICIT. This Latin term signifies that something is wanting. It is used to express the deficiency which is discovered in the accounts of an accountant, or in the money in which he has received.

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For example, adult patients may not be aware of their visual deficits and are therefore not motivated to engage in vision rehabilitation.
42) The implication of this adaptationist approach is that the nystagmus is tuned to the visual deficit starting in infancy.
It follows that signs of dyslexia may be normal for more than half the population; the ability to adapt to and cope with this condition depending on the degree of visual deficit and native wit.
Despres, Candas, and Dufour (2005) demonstrated that persons who are visually impaired use auditory cues to a different extent to position themselves in the environment, depending on the gravity of the visual deficit.
38) Slower reaction times and difficulty recognising changes in the height or depth of a step can, for example, lead to tripping and falling; such changes are likely to be compounded by the types of visual deficit described previously in this article.
This is also why children get screened for hearing deficits and visual deficits early.
Visual deficits vary from blurred vision to blindness.
Understanding this fundamental step could lead to new treatments for visual deficits, or might one day boost normal night vision to new levels.
The centrality of visual acuity to definitions of visual function and visual impairment (VI) may limit the routine clinical detection of visual deficits in blast-exposed patients with normal or near-normal visual acuities [38-39].
Vision loss resulting from NAION is typically sudden and painless, and in most cases patients have permanent visual deficits.
No visual deficits were noted, but her sense of taste was markedly reduced.