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 countercyclical (audio) , -​ˈsi-​ \ adverb

Examples of countercyclical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "General Mills continues riding the stay-at-home wave, prepares for post-pandemic life," 17 Dec. 2020 The stimulus measures Wall Street is cheering on now are more like traditional countercyclical policy on steroids than post-Keynesian policy. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Has Wall Street Veered Left?," 11 Dec. 2020 Makers of consumer staple like General Mills tend to be countercyclical to the broader economy. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "General Mills continues to grow in pandemic, executives aim to make it last," 23 Sep. 2020 Publishing rights are also considered a countercyclical investment, holding their value if prices for assets like equities and real estate fall. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Why COVID-19 Is Pushing Publishing Deal Prices to Historic Highs," 22 Sep. 2020 On the other, the nation’s largest card issuer, JPMorgan Chase & Co., is rolling out a new card designed for travelers and diners -- the ultimate countercyclical bet. Jennifer Surane,, "Credit Card Firms Split on Fate of Consumers While U.S. Cuts Aid," 1 Sep. 2020 Some vices are even thought to be countercyclical, rising when economy takes a nosedive. Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Can the world's oldest profession survive the age of social distancing?," 24 May 2020 The announcement was accompanied by a package of measures including a new lending scheme and the reduction of the countercyclical capital buffer for commercial banks to 0%. Lorcan Roche Kelly,, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 29 Apr. 2020 Ordinarily, higher education is countercyclical, so its outlook doesn't necessarily move in the same direction as the rest of the economy during a downtown. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Colleges across the U.S. brace for impact as the coronavirus batters their already tenuous financial ground," 10 Apr. 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. 2021.

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