deflation

noun

de·​fla·​tion di-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce deflation (audio)
ˌdē-
1
: an act or instance of deflating : the state of being deflated
2
: a contraction in the volume of available money or credit that results in a general decline in prices
3
: the erosion of soil by the wind
deflationary adjective

Example Sentences

Economists worry that deflation will bring the country into recession.
Recent Examples on the Web In recent decades, Japan has suffered what’s known as deflation, or a continuing downward spiraling of prices. Yuri Kageyama, ajc, 15 Nov. 2022 And satellite radar can keep track of ground swelling and deflation. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2022 Australia’s avocado deflation encourages more culinary experiments at a time when other groceries are getting more expensive. Mike Cherney, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2022 Over the last four decades, there hasn't been any deflation in core goods, which exclude food and energy, said Nick Roussanov, a professor at Wharton finance. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 17 Aug. 2022 Now, that mortgage only remains 9.1% less expensive if there is no deflation. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Moderate inflation is normal, desirable and certainly better than the reverse — deflation. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 13 Apr. 2022 The online deflation was led by a 9.3% year-over-year plunge in electronics prices, Adobe said, the area consumers spend the most. Matt Egan, CNN, 9 Aug. 2022 Descending into deflation doesn’t seem to be Beijing’s challenge. William Pesek, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deflation was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Deflation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deflation. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

deflation

noun

de·​fla·​tion di-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce deflation (audio)
ˈdē-
1
: an act or instance of deflating : the state of being deflated
2
: a reduction in the volume of available money or credit resulting in a decline of the general price level
deflationary adjective
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