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

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

Examples of countercyclical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And student accommodation has a valuable countercyclical quality. The Economist, "Big investors are giving university digs an upgrade," 10 May 2018 The regulator raised its countercyclical capital buffer to 1% of assets from zero, giving banks until July 2019 to comply. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Eurozone House Prices Rise at Fastest Rate in 11 Years," 10 July 2018 Unlike economically more-influential nations, the flexibility of a small nation’s countercyclical monetary policy should not be a factor in making the decision to go passive. Max Raskin, WSJ, "What the Fed Could Learn From Bitcoin," 29 Mar. 2018 The council, led by central bank Governor Lars Rohde, said in December that banks should begin building up a countercyclical buffer amid persistent worries about runaway house prices in urban areas. Frances Schwartzkopff,, "Danske Unveils $1.7 Billion Buyback Plan, Raises Dividend Target," 2 Feb. 2018 What Keynes instead showed is that capitalist crisis does not resolve itself; only activist countercyclical policy will do that. New York Times, "The 2.12.17 Issue," 24 Feb. 2017 The Prudential Regulation Authority, a regulator within the Bank of England, is reducing a separate capital buffer requirement that overlapped with the countercyclical capital buffer. Chad Bray, New York Times, "Bank of England to Raise Bank Capital Buffer as Safeguard," 29 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of countercyclical

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of countercyclical was in 1944

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