in·​fla·​tion·​ary in-ˈflā-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce inflationary (audio)
: 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 Categories like apparel, footwear and electronics are often ones consumers put off buying when facing inflationary pressure. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Singapore Telecommunications’ six-month profit rose sharply on a one-off gain from its Indonesia associate, but weak consumer sentiment and inflationary pressures weighed on revenue. P.r. Venkat, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2023 And commodities from lumber to copper rode high and then fell, as global inflationary pressures and recession concerns drove trading. Simon Constable, WSJ, 4 Nov. 2023 How should one’s investing strategy, or perhaps more broadly speaking, their approach to finances change during this inflationary period? Jane Thier, Fortune, 30 Oct. 2023 Economic uncertainty and inflationary pressures have also forced potential American consumers to cut back on expenses, impacting Adyen further. Byprarthana Prakash, Fortune, 24 Oct. 2023 Chief Executive Jim Vena said the company continues to face inflationary pressure and a drop in carloads, though operating and safety metrics are showing solid improvement. WSJ, 19 Oct. 2023 This inflationary episode, Mr. Detmeister said, may end up more closely resembling the one that occurred after World War II than the one of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Christopher Rugaber, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Sep. 2023 Others said the inflationary impact was already raising questions about the longer-term sustainability of Putin’s tactics. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inflationary was in 1920

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“Inflationary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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in·​fla·​tion·​ary in-ˈflā-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce inflationary (audio)
: of, relating to, or causing inflation
an inflationary policy

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