re·​fla·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce reflation (audio)
: restoration of deflated prices to a desirable level
reflate verb
reflationary adjective

Examples of reflation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rationale for the reflation trade had centred around expectations that the accelerating US vaccination programme and removal of Covid-19 lockdown measures would usher in a period of high growth and inflation as business activity began to normalise. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 29 June 2021 What did the Fed do or say to cause investors to jump ship on the reflation theme? Garth Friesen, Forbes, 20 June 2021 Covid, then reflation, then supply-chain inflation, then a tardy Fed, then war. James MacKintosh, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 The move is a clear sign the reflation trade is back on track. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 24 Sep. 2021 Still, the whipsawing market reactions to the Fed have spurred debate among investors over what to do if reflation trades falter. Eric Lam,, 22 June 2021 The reflation trade also got some help as investors mulled a bipartisan infrastructure deal, and positive stress test results were also a boon for the Financials sector. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 28 June 2021 So far, the reflation trade hasn't been kind to crypto coins. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 18 June 2021 Meanwhile, JPMorgan strategists led by Marko Kolanovic are doubling down on the reflation trade. Fortune, 10 May 2021

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Word History


re- + -flation (as in deflation)

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reflation was in 1932

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“Reflation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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