Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Inadequacy or insufficiency.
  • noun A deficiency or impairment in mental or physical functioning.
  • noun The amount by which a sum of money falls short of the required or expected amount; a shortage.
  • noun A business loss.
  • noun An amount that quantifies an unfavorable condition or position.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A failure or falling off in amount; specifically, a financial deficiency: as, a deficit in the taxes or revenue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Deficiency in amount or quality; a falling short; lack

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Deficiency in amount or quality; a falling short; lack.
  • noun A situation wherein, or amount whereby, spending exceeds government revenue.

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

  • noun an excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period)
  • noun (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing
  • noun the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required
  • noun a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning

Etymologies

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

[French déficit, from Latin dēficit, it is lacking, third person sing. present tense of dēficere, to fail, be lacking; see defect.]

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From French déficit, from Latin dēficit.

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