inflationary

adjective
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.

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Its troubles stem from a quip about the inflationary impact of the porcine pandemic, which has pushed up consumer prices. The Economist, "UBS faces a China backlash because of a quip about pigs," 21 June 2019 Citibanamex, which projects 4% CPI inflation this year, expects the inflationary impact of the wage increases to be moderate. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, "Mexico’s Inflation Slowed in 2018," 9 Jan. 2019 Low inflationary pressure in the economy has been a concern for central bank, as inflation continues to fall well below its target rate of 2 percent. Denis Kasyacnhuk, Houston Chronicle, "Inflation expectations reach lowest level since 2017: survey," 11 June 2019 Most of that new money will be consumed by inflationary cost increases and contractual obligations. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "St. Paul school budget: new investments but fewer students and teachers," 11 June 2019 Its October report showed a fresh sign of weakening inflationary pressures, though price increases could accelerate if pressure from labor shortages and tariffs intensify or oil prices pick up after a recent slump. A Wsj Staff Reporter, WSJ, "Global Week Ahead: U.S. Trade Data, Home Sales, Federal Reserve Meeting," 16 Dec. 2018 Not rolling over that debt meant unleashing more pesos into circulation, which would be inflationary. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Argentina Needs to Dollarize," 9 Sep. 2018 The drop suggests that inflationary pressures may be easing despite the strength of the U.S. economy. Paul Wiseman, Fox News, "US producer prices dip 0.1 percent in August," 12 Sep. 2018 The Senate package, Senate Bills 748-750, would increase the personal exemption to $5,000 by 2021, with annual inflationary increases in subsequent years. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Budget official: Tax cut passed by House hurts Michigan road repair funding," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of inflationary

1920, in the meaning defined above

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inflationary

adjective

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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