de·​val·​u·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌval-yə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce devaluation (audio) , -yü-ˈā- \

Definition of devaluation

1 : an official reduction in the exchange value of a currency by a lowering of its gold equivalency or its value relative to another currency
2 : a lessening especially of status or stature : decline

Examples of devaluation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That means that for 40 years, Americans have not had to worry much about the price of goods and services changing from year to year or the devaluation of the U.S. Dollar. Eric Brotman, Forbes, 2 June 2021 That study found that the Milwaukee metropolitan area has an average home devaluation of negative 34.3% in majority Black neighborhoods versus neighborhoods with no Black residents. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 May 2021 United, for its part, doesn’t see currency devaluation as a very useful tool to lower that accounting liability, said Michael Covey, managing director of the loyalty program at the airline. Justin Bachman, Fortune, 19 May 2021 Online dictionaries use comparable words or phrases such as prejudice, stereotyping, unfair treatment, devaluation, restricted opportunities, attitudes or behaviors and hatred, dislike or mistrust. Susan Madsen, Forbes, 10 May 2021 This began to shift in 2013, after the devaluation of the yen made houses cheap. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 8 May 2021 For gold, fundamentally, the outlook is strong given the explicit devaluation of cash through unlimited Fed QE and seemingly unlimited deficit spending. Bryan Rich, Forbes, 6 May 2021 In the wake of the #MeToo movement, women across the sports world started connecting their efforts to a broader discussion of the devaluation of women’s work. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2021 Beyond the perpetrators, the very fiber of America that has encouraged the continuous devaluation of Black lives is at fault. Brooklyn White, Essence, 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of devaluation

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jun 2021

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“Devaluation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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de·​val·​u·​ation | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌval-yə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce devaluation (audio) \

Legal Definition of devaluation

1 : an official reduction in the exchange value of a currency by a lowering of its gold equivalency or its value relative to another currency
2 : a lessening of the value of something (as an asset) portfolio devaluation


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