in·​fla·​tion·​ary | \ in-ˈflā-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce inflationary (audio) \

Definition of inflationary

: of, characterized by, or productive of inflation inflationary policies

Examples of inflationary in a Sentence

He blames the bad economy on the government's inflationary policies.
Recent Examples on the Web In an inflationary environment, successful businesses raise prices in response to their higher costs. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: DIY hedges against inflation," 13 Jan. 2021 Other Social Security provisions are also impacted by inflationary increases. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Changes for the new year: Here’s your Social Security update for 2021," 10 Jan. 2021 Treasurys could fare even worse this time than in past inflationary episodes. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "How To Avoid Paying the Cruelest Tax: Inflation," 2 Oct. 2020 That likely would translate into lower borrowing for the rest of the year and a smoothing of monetary flows — and no major increase in inflationary pressures. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Pandemic Inflation," 17 Dec. 2020 The firearms industry has not been immune to that inflationary pressure. Michael Dickerson, Outdoor Life, "10 Great Mid-Priced Bolt-Action Hunting Rifles," 8 Dec. 2020 Investment managers Paul Tudor Jones and Stan Druckenmiller have backed the digital asset as a hedge against potential inflationary pressure, though price increases remain subdued. Joanna Ossinger,, "FOMO by Big Investors May Support Bitcoin’s Polarizing Rally," 6 Dec. 2020 But the new money isn’t inflationary automatically: Everything depends on where it is spent. Robert Hockett, The New Republic, "Why Joe Biden Can Stop Worrying and Start Spending Like Crazy," 1 Dec. 2020 The Fed raises rates to slow the economy and offset inflationary pressures, so targeting slightly higher inflation opened the door to longer periods of cheap borrowing that can lead to stronger economic demand and lower unemployment. New York Times, "Biden’s Economic Team Suggests Focus on Workers and Income Equality," 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of inflationary

1920, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2021

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“Inflationary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inflationary

: of or relating to economic inflation
: causing, experiencing, or affected by economic inflation : causing, experiencing, or affected by rising prices

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