coun·​ter·​cy·​cli·​cal ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈsī-kli-kəl How to pronounce countercyclical (audio)
: calculated to check excessive developments in a business cycle : compensatory
countercyclical budget policies
countercyclically adverb

Examples of countercyclical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such assets could be held in an independent Citizens’ Wealth Fund that takes advantage of countercyclical dynamics in the cost of capital to make investments when bond prices rise and yields fall. Matthias Matthijs, Foreign Affairs, 30 Apr. 2024 What’s individually rational is collectively destructive, and hence governments may need to step in to reverse the slide with countercyclical policies. Jacob S. Hacker, Foreign Affairs, 21 Mar. 2016 What Goodwill sells on its site is limited to donations, which are generally countercyclical. Jordyn Holman, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2023 This raised speculation that the PBOC has reintroduced the countercyclical factor into Tuesday's fixing, HSBC foreign-exchange strategist Jingyang Chen said. WSJ, 27 June 2023 After all, some industries are countercyclical: dollar and discount stores do well in a recession. Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 Joelle, is the lesson here that Keynesian economics, in terms of public investment priming the pump in countercyclical times, works? How To Save A Country, The New Republic, 1 Dec. 2022 The countercyclical factor—the calculation of which remains a mystery to market participants—gives the central bank a heavier hand in setting the daily fixing. Rebecca Feng, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2022 Finally, in times of stress, a CBDC might be considered as a safe refuge which would also lead to a countercyclical reduction in deposits of banks. Jason Brett, Forbes, 25 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of countercyclical was in 1944

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“Countercyclical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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