Deficit and Shortage


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Deficit noun – A falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number.
Usage example: a growing deficit in the number of hours devoted to sleep

Shortage is a synonym for deficit in shortfall topic. In some cases you can use "Shortage" instead a noun "Deficit", when it comes to topics like excess. popular alternative
Nearby Words: deficient, deficiency
Synonyms for Deficit


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Shortage noun – A falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number.
Usage example: there was a troubling shortage of supplies for the troops overseas this year

Deficit is a synonym for shortage in deficiency topic. You can use "Deficit" instead a noun "Shortage", if it concerns topics such as excess, scarcity. popular alternative
Nearby Words: short, shorted, shortfall, shorting
Synonyms for Shortage

How words are described

notable notable deficit notable shortage
rampant rampant deficit rampant shortage
severe severe deficit severe shortage
massive massive deficit massive shortage
Other adjectives: huge, major, chronic, worldwide.

Both words in one sentence

  • Shovel Strike In Persona 4 Golden, you're given the quest "100% Inaba-Grown Cabbage," where you help a local, freelance vegetable merchant/housewife ride out a cabbage shortage by helping her compensate for the deficit by growing your own and she'll give you the 'Sharp Shovel' weapon for the MC as a reward.
    Source: Shovel Strike
  • Ridiculous Future Inflation As the prices were fixed, the only outcome of the money supply overrunning the supply of goods was the shortage — the dreaded deficit, when even the basics required enormous lines, and the population that turned their disaffection with the government into a ridicule.
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