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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.

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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Usefulness of pulse deficit to predict in-hospital complications and mortality in patients with acute type A aortic dissection.
Hemorrhage, hematoma, pulse deficit may not be present9,10.
These were: the prescence of significant bruising, swelling or a large haematoma; persistence of pain; a distal pulse deficit; onset of progressive neurological deficit; and a significant drop in haemoglobin or haematocrit.