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n. That which remains when use or need is satisfied, or when a limit is reached; excess; over plus. Specifically, an amount in the public treasury at any time greater than is required for the ordinary purposes of the government.


 - adj. Being or constituting a surplus; more than sufficient; as, surplus revenues; surplus population; surplus words. That which is left from a fund which has been appropriated for a particular purpose; the remainder of a thing; the overplus, the residue. The following is an example of a surplus; if a thing is put in pledge as a security to pay one hundred dollars, and it be afterwards sold for one hundred and fifty dollars, the fifty dollars will be the surplus.

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