coun·​ter·​cy·​cli·​cal | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈsī-kli-kəl How to pronounce countercyclical (audio) , -ˈsi- \

Definition of countercyclical

: calculated to check excessive developments in a business cycle : compensatory countercyclical budget policies

Other Words from countercyclical

countercyclically \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈsī-​kli-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce countercyclical (audio) , -​ˈsi-​ \ adverb

Examples of countercyclical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The countercyclical risk reduction inherent in GE’s mega-growth ignored the fact that shareholders could better diversify risk in their own portfolio of holdings. Fortune, 12 Nov. 2021 Again, cyclical rather than countercyclical behavior and there were losses—but the industry’s and consumers, not the government. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Singapore introduced an unprecedented five budgets in 2020, with more than 100 billion Singapore dollars in economic support and stimulus as countercyclical measures. Devadas Krishnadas, Fortune, 28 Oct. 2021 And given how modest countercyclical support has been so far, next quarter will almost certainly be worse. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 In Mexico, for instance, one group of farmers supplements its corn income with countercyclical honey and coffee harvests. Raj Patel, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2021 These two job categories have experienced much volatility during the pandemic, running countercyclical with expectations for the progression of the virus. Robert H. Brown, Forbes, 18 May 2021 For instance, it is commonly believed that a company’s sector is the main driver of how badly they will be hurt by an economic downturn—countercyclical industries will still have opportunities, while cyclical ones will be in for uniform pain. Tom Deegan, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2021 General Mills is a part of the consumer staples segment that tends to be countercyclical to the broader economy, thriving during recessions and crises when consumers focus on basic needs. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of countercyclical

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Countercyclical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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