Surplus and Shortage


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Surplus noun – The state or an instance of going beyond what is usual, proper, or needed.
Shortage is an antonym for surplus in deficit topic.
Nearby Word: surplusage
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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

Surplus is an antonym for shortage in deficiency topic.
Nearby Words: short, shorted, shortfall, shorting
Antonyms for Shortage
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small small surplus small shortage
constant constant surplus constant shortage
massive massive surplus massive shortage
big big surplus big shortage
Other adjectives: huge, growing, resulting, soviet.
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Shortage or Surplus. 2016. Accessed April 14, 2021.

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