1. [syn: deficit, shortage, shortfall]
2. a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning;
- Example: "the people concerned have a deficit in verbal memory"
- Example: "they have serious linguistic deficits"
3. (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing;
4. an excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period);
- Example: "last year there was a serious budgetary deficit"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Deficit \Def"i*cit\, n. [Lit., it is wanting, 3d person pres.
indic. of L. deficere, cf. F. d['e]ficit. See Defect.]
Deficiency in amount or quality; a falling short; lack; as, a
deficit in taxes, revenue, etc. --Addison.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the property of being an amount by which something is less
than expected or required; "new blood vessels bud out from
the already dilated vascular bed to make up the nutritional
deficit" [syn: deficit, shortage, shortfall]
2: a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental
functioning; "the people concerned have a deficit in verbal
memory"; "they have serious linguistic deficits"
3: (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing
4: an excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain
period); "last year there was a serious budgetary deficit"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
62 Moby Thesaurus words for "deficit":
absence, arrear, arrearage, arrears, back debts, back payments,
balance, beggary, bouncing check, break, credit, decline,
defalcation, default, defect, defectiveness, deferred payments,
deficiency, deficit financing, delinquency, deprivation,
destitution, difference, discontinuity, discrepancy, dollar gap,
drought, epact, failure, falling short, famine, gap, hiatus,
imperfection, impoverishment, inadequacy, incompleteness,
inferiority, insufficiency, interval, lack, lacuna, loss,
missing link, need, net, omission, outage, overdraft, remainder,
scantiness, short measure, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, slump,
starvation, surplus, ullage, underage, want, wantage
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
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.