December 15, 2012
fiscal (adjective)
\FISS-kul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : of or relating to public finances2 : of or relating to financial matters
How do you use it?
Scott's parents help him keep track of how he spends his allowance as a way of teaching him fiscal responsibility.
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Which of the following is the best example of something that could be described with the word "fiscal"?

You got it right on the money if you picked D! "Fiscal" comes from the Latin word "fiscalis," which in turn comes from "fiscus," meaning "basket, treasury." (A treasury is a place in which stores of wealth are kept or the place where collected funds are stored and paid out.) "Fiscus" doesn't have many English relatives. It's related to "confiscate," which means "to seize by or as if by public authority," as in "police confiscated the smuggled goods." The only other English word in the "fiscus" family is the rare word "fisc," meaning "a state or royal treasury."
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