Definition of Surplus

1. Noun. A quantity much larger than is needed.




2. Adjective. More than is needed, desired, or required. "Surplus cheese distributed to the needy"

Definition of Surplus

1. n. That which remains when use or need is satisfied, or when a limit is reached; excess; overplus.

2. a. Being or constituting a surplus; more than sufficient; as, surplus revenues; surplus population; surplus words.

Definition of Surplus

1. Noun. That which remains when use or need is satisfied, or when a limit is reached; excess; overplus. ¹

2. Noun. Specifically, an amount in the public treasury at any time greater than is required for the ordinary purposes of the government. ¹

3. Noun. (legal) The remainder of a fund appropriated for a particular purpose. ¹

4. Noun. (legal) assets left after liabilities and debts, including capital stock have been deducted. ¹

5. Adjective. Being or constituting a surplus; more than sufficient; as, surplus revenues; surplus population; surplus words. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Surplus

1. to treat as being in excess of what is needed [v -PLUSED, -PLUSING, -PLUSES or -PLUSSED, -PLUSSING, -PLUSSES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Surplus

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surplice
surpliced
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surplus (current term)
surplus value
surplusage
surplusages
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surpluses
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surpris'd

Literary usage of Surplus

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1. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1906)
"WB have seen that the rate of surplus-value is represented by the following formulae. ... AW /O 6 hours surplus-labour _ surplus-value of 8 sh. ..."

2. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1906)
"Hence their definition of a productive labourer changes with their comprehension of the nature of surplus-value. Thus the Physiocrats insist ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians, Stanley Mordaunt Leathes (1907)
"But the article whose sale affected the revenues and contributed most to swell the surplus was government land. Before the year 1834 the annual sales of ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1903)
"But the article whose sale affected the revenues and contributed most to swell the surplus was government land. Before the year 1834 the annual sales of ..."

5. Life Insurance: A Textbook by Solomon Stephen Huebner (1915)
"Instead, we have already seen that, with the possible exception of excess interest earnings, surplus in life insurance consists of salvages, and dividends ..."

6. Principles of Economics by Alfred Marshall (1895)
"II. and a surplus of satisfaction accrues from payment at these rates to most ... As a worker, he derives a worker's surplus, through being remunerated for ..."

7. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1909)
"The complainant elected to receive his «hare of the surplus, as ascertained from time to time, in the reduction of the premium, and the company was notified ..."

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