Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to government expenditures, revenues, and debt: a fiscal policy of incurring budget deficits to stimulate a weak economy.
  • adj. Of or relating to finance or finances.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Related to the treasury of a country, company, region or city, particularly to government spending and revenue.
  • adj. Pertaining to finance and money in general; financial.
  • n. A public official in certain countries having control of public revenue.
  • n. Procurator fiscal, a public prosecutor.
  • n. In certain countries, including Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and former colonies of these countries and certain British colonies, solicitor or attorney general.
  • n. Any of various African shrikes of the genus Lanius.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the public treasury or revenue.
  • n. The income of a prince or a state; revenue; exchequer.
  • n. A treasurer.
  • n. A public officer in Scotland who prosecutes in petty criminal cases; -- called also procurator fiscal.
  • n. The solicitor in Spain and Portugal; the attorney-general.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the public treasury or revenue; relating to or concerned with the collection and expenditure of taxes and customs; pertaining to the financial operations of a government.
  • Hence Of or pertaining to financial matters in general: as, a, fiscal agent.
  • n. Revenue; the income of a sovereign or state.
  • n. In some countries, a treasurer or minister of finance.
  • n. In Spain and Portugal, the king's solicitor or attorney-general.
  • n. A public prosecutor. In Scotland he is also called procurator-fiscal. In the Dutch colonies in America the officer who acted as sheriff and public prosecutor and carried out the customs regulations of the Dutch West India Company was called a fiscal, or schout fiscael (fiscal sheriff).
  • n. An African shrike, as Lanius or Fiscus collaris.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving financial matters

Etymologies

French, from Latin fiscālis, from fiscus, money basket, treasury.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fiscus ("treasury") – see fiscus and fisc. (Wiktionary)
After Afrikaans fiskaal ("public official, hangman") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Readers see the term fiscal consolidation, but what does that mean exactly?

    WSJ Transcript of RBI Interview

  • In the run-up to the summit, Mr. Draghi's use of the term "fiscal compact" had spurred hopes that the ECB would be prepared to engage in massive buying of bonds from distressed euro zone states, an interpretation he discouraged on Thursday.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • In the run-up to the summit, Draghi's use of the term "fiscal compact" had spurred investor hopes that the ECB would engage in massive buying of bonds from distressed euro zone states.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • "They urgently need to formulate and clearly communicate a vision for a sound and stable euro area that deserves the name fiscal compact," Thomas Harjes, senior European economist at Barclays Capital in Frankfurt, wrote in a note on Jan. 6.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • I firmly believe that the term fiscal conservative and Washington insider (read elected representative) are mutually exclusive.

    Donklephant

  • Moody's cites what it calls the fiscal and economic conditions caused by the damaged power plant along with Cyprus' fractious political climate.

    Cyprus Cabinet Resigns Amid Public Outcry

  • Moody's cited what it calls the fiscal and economic conditions caused by a damaged power plant along with Cyprus' fractious political climate.

    Cyprus President Appoints Cabinet

  • Ms. Murkowski campaigned on a record of what she calls fiscal conservatism while taking actions to protect and expand oil and gas, fisheries and other big Alaskan industries.

    Palin Ally Upends Politics in Alaska

  • Politicians and economists call it fiscal discipline.

    Whither Thrift? Part 1

  • And he's holding what he calls a fiscal responsibility summit.

    CNN Transcript Feb 22, 2009

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  • Dictionary.com, fiscal policy is the use of government expenditure and revenue collection to influence the economy

    November 5, 2010

  • "The conundrum began when Fielding, staging a routine press conference outside the Senate doors, spoke at length about the need for monetary policy and physical policy to be in line.
    'You're talking about fiscal policy, are you?'inquired the Nine Network's Tim Lester cautiously, after Fielding's third repetition of the phrase.
    'That's correct. Fiscal: F-I-S-K-A-L.'"
    - Annabel Crabb, Once More With Fielding, theage.com.au, 9 September 2009.

    September 9, 2009