- the excess of assets over liabilities accumulated throughout the existence of a business, excepting assets against which stock certificates have been issued; excess of net worth over capital-stock value.
- an amount of assets in excess of what is requisite to meet liabilities.
verb (used with object), sur·plussed or sur·plused,sur·plus·sing or sur·plus·ing.
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Origin of surplus
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH surplussurplice, surplus
Example sentences from the Web for surplus
Dozens of other former members and congressional also-rans, both Democrats and Republicans, are squatting on six-figure surpluses.
Other notable ex-Congress members with large campaign surpluses as of March 31 include Sen. Max Baucus (PDF), D-Mont.
Was the big debate in 2000 really about “What are we going to do with trillions in surpluses?”
And dozens of states, many of which cut jobs to close their annual deficits, are now reporting surpluses.
The decision that hurt him so much with his own party—the budget deal of 1990—enabled the budget surpluses of the later 1990s.David Frum on How George H.W. Bush Was a Man of Greatness in Modesty|David Frum|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One cardinal principle of the greatest English finance ministers has been the avoidance of deficits or undue surpluses.
The result is that surpluses of Army harness can not be disposed of to advantage.America's Munitions 1917-1918|Benedict Crowell
Here is an opportunity for our friends, whether their surpluses be large or little.
But by the very process of unloading the surpluses, the resources of those countries are in turn developed.
The seven great trusts, working together, had pooled their enormous surpluses and made a farm trust.
British Dictionary definitions for surplus
noun plural -pluses
- an excess of total assets over total liabilities
- an excess of actual net assets over the nominal value of capital stock
- an excess of revenues over expenditures during a certain period of time
- an excess of government revenues over expenditures during a certain financial year
- an excess of receipts over payments on the balance of payments
Word Origin for surplus
Cultural definitions for surplus
An unsold quantity of a good resulting from a lack of equilibrium in a market. For example, if a price is artificially high, sellers will bring more goods to the market than buyers will be willing to buy. (Compare shortage.)