re·​fla·​tion | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce reflation (audio) \

Definition of reflation

: restoration of deflated prices to a desirable level

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Other Words from reflation

reflate \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈflāt How to pronounce reflate (audio) \ verb
reflationary \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈflā-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce reflationary (audio) \ adjective

Examples of reflation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent weeks, despite record highs in the markets and hopes for a rebound in economic growth in 2020, the bond market has not confirmed the reflation trade. Sven Henrich For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "SARS didn't sink markets, but coronavirus might," 6 Feb. 2020 Host Jonathan Ferro spoke with Marcus Ashworth, Bloomberg Gadfly Columnist, and Ken Veksler, Director at Accumen Management, about Brexit, Bitcoin, and reflation., "The Cable - Brexit, Bitcoin & GE," 16 Jan. 2018 Stopford at $124b fund bullish on growth cycle, risk assets Hawkish Fed to spur dollar, Treasury yields: BAML, MS If you were disappointed by the Trump reflation trade, pin your hopes on Janet Yellen. Cecile Gutscher,, "Reflation Trade Gets Second Life as Investec Champions Stocks," 22 Sep. 2017 Another point on the long game: Abe hopes that Japan's shrinking labor market will raise wages for workers, triggering the reflation of prices that Japan needs for stronger growth. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Shinzo Abe’s Big Win in Japan Gives Him Time to Make History," 26 Oct. 2017 The moves look in many ways like a classic reflation trade. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "The Most Important—And Least Understood—Thing in the Market: Taxes," 2 Oct. 2017 The bond market, which went all-in on the reflation trade after Donald Trump’s election, is growing more skeptical about the sustainability of higher inflation. Brian Chappatta,, "Markets Need a 30% Stock Drop or 50% Higher U.S. Yields. Or Not.," 31 May 2017 An extended slump could weigh on European equities, at a time when strategists are predicting a continuation of the reflation rally that picked up momentum after the first round of the French vote last month. Justina Lee,, "Commodities Could Be Achilles Heel for European Equity Rally," 9 May 2017 One asset has taken an early lead in this year’s reflation rally—palladium. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "Palladium Shines at Front of Reflation Rally," 10 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of reflation

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reflation

re- + -flation (as in deflation)

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The first known use of reflation was in 1932

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“Reflation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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