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

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He blames the bad economy on the government's inflationary policies.
Recent Examples on the Web Most of the other suggestions coming out of the Fed's rethink propose some version of softening the Fed's resistance to inflationary risk. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "The Fed might be in denial about the next recession," 7 Jan. 2020 The peg is, in effect, a commitment to track the anti-inflationary stance of the European Central Bank. The Economist, "Making sense of west Africa’s new currency," 4 Jan. 2020 And there is a worst-case scenario that should worry central bankers everywhere: that the trade war turns inflationary after all, perhaps compounded by rising oil prices, even as growth slows. The Economist, "The World in 2020 Prepare for an unusual kind of downturn," 30 Dec. 2019 This inflationary development was compounded by political pressure to ease, misguided reliance on wage and price controls, oil shocks, and — most important — Fed policy that never credibly committed to price stability. David Beckworth, National Review, "Paul Volcker’s Noble War on Inflation," 16 Dec. 2019 Yet a team may be willing to offer half of that — maybe more in baseball’s surprisingly inflationary climate for starting pitching this winter., "SAN DIEGO — On Thursday, the Red Sox featured pitcher David Price in a tweet intended to promote ticket packages for the 2020 season. The choice seemed an odd one given that the team spent the just-concluded Winter Meetings actively seeking a trade partner for the lefthander.," 14 Dec. 2019 The inflationary period Paul Volcker inherited was bad for stocks, but inflation is also a killer for the bond market. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "These Charts Show Just How Awful the Economy Was When Paul Volcker Took Over as Fed Chairman," 9 Dec. 2019 That was a sharp turnaround from 2018, when Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell attracted President Donald Trump's ire for raising rates four times in a row in order to manage inflationary pressure. NBC News, "Fed holds rates steady for final meeting of the decade," 11 Dec. 2019 The effects are also like an inflationary tax increase, very small at this point, but reducing real gross domestic product and eroding real wages. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Tariffs Start to Ripple Their Way Through the U.S. Economy," 19 June 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Inflationary.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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