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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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Special Economic Coordination meeting that was held with the prime minister in the chair on Friday as a first step has directed the provinces to freeze their non-salary expenditures at the previous fiscal year's level so as to keep the budget deficit at a level projected in the consolidated budget 2010-11, official sources added.
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Macedonia is not going to face a high deficit, because last year too in the heat of the crisis the country noted the second lowest budget deficit in Europe, said Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski regarding the conclusion of the IMF that the economy was recovering yet a challenge to many countries would still be their high budget deficits.
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