deflation

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noun de·fla·tion \di-ˈflā-shən, ˌdē-\

Definition of deflation

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of deflating :  the state of being deflated

  2. 2 :  a contraction in the volume of available money or credit that results in a general decline in prices

  3. 3 :  the erosion of soil by the wind

deflationary

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Examples of deflation in a Sentence

  1. Economists worry that deflation will bring the country into recession.

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First Known Use of deflation

1891


DEFLATION Defined for English Language Learners

deflation

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Definition of deflation for English Language Learners

  • : a decrease in the amount of available money or credit in an economy that causes prices to go down

  • : the act or process of letting air or gas out of (something)



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