- 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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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH surplussurplice surplus
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Example sentences from the Web for surpluses
Was the big debate in 2000 really about “What are we going to do with trillions in surpluses?”
Other states with surpluses include Iowa ($800 million) and Tennessee ($580 million).
But in states with surpluses, life is becoming more fun for governors.
And when it comes to state finances, surpluses can help spur further growth.
Here in Virginia we see results, solutions, job growth, surpluses, and cooperation.In State of the State Addresses, Governors Keep Their Eyes on 2016|David Freedlander|January 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In 1876, however, the long series of surpluses ceased, and they have since been replaced by deficits almost as continuous.A Visit to Java|W. Basil Worsfold
When all the surpluses were distributed a certain number of members would be declared elected, each with a quota of votes.Proportional Representation Applied To Party Government|T. R. Ashworth and H. P. C. Ashworth
This utility stands on the boundary line where consumers' surpluses stop.Essentials of Economic Theory|John Bates Clark
To diminish these surpluses by the same per cent., say, ten, would impose proportionally equal burdens.Distributive Justice|John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
And our surpluses are big enough that there is still money left over.
British Dictionary definitions for surpluses
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 surpluses
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.)