dis·​in·​fla·​tion ˌdis-in-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce disinflation (audio)
: a reversal of inflationary pressures
disinflationary adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Much of the disinflation comes via prices for goods, which declined 0.4% from September to October, notably for durables such as appliances. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2022 Nobody wants to return to the inflationary era of the 1970s, which would inevitably require a rerun of the painful disinflation of the early 1980s. Andrew T. Levin And Mickey D. Levy, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2022 Druckenmiller went on to explain how central banks responded to the disinflation caused by globalization since the 1980s—and particularly after the 2008 Great Financial Crisis—with unsustainable policies that now have to be reworked. Will Daniel, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2022 When these are negative for a substantial period of time, the economy suffers deflation, or at least, disinflation. Robert Barone, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Decades of disinflation encouraged accelerating fiscal recklessness and escalating monetary indulgence. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 23 May 2022 The decline in inflation from the 1970s to the 1980s was a period of disinflation. WSJ, 6 May 2022 And while the headline figures have been eye-catching, core inflation has surged as well, suggesting a long, slow process of disinflation is in store once prices actually peak. Fortune, 2 Apr. 2022 Small businesses are more likely to cite inflation as their principal worry as any time since the beginning of the Reagan disinflation. Lawrence H. Summers, Time, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disinflation was in 1880

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“Disinflation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinflation. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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