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A situation in which outflow of money exceeds inflow. That is, a deficit occurs when a government, company, or individual spends more than he/she/it receives in a given period of time, usually a year. One's deficit adds to one's debt, and, therefore, many analysts believe that deficits are unsustainable over the long-term. See also: Surplus.
1. A negative retained earnings balance. A deficit results when the accumulated losses and dividend payments of a business exceed its earnings.
2. See operating loss.