virtuous circle

noun
variants: or virtuous cycle

Definition of virtuous circle

: a chain of events in which one desirable occurrence leads to another which further promotes the first occurrence and so on resulting in a continuous process of improvement But the economy is depressed, in large part, because of the housing bust, which immediately suggests the possibility of a virtuous circle: an improving economy leads to a surge in home purchases, which leads to more construction, which strengthens the economy further, and so on.— Paul Krugman

Examples of virtuous circle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's the result of a virtuous circle where better, cheaper batteries expand the market, which in turn drives investments that produce further improvements in cost and performance. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The story of cheaper batteries, from smartphones to Teslas," 22 Sep. 2020 But that virtuous circle is weaker in forests dominated by the coconut palms. Kenneth R. Weiss, Science | AAAS, "To save this palm-filled paradise, biologists must kill the trees," 27 Aug. 2020 Still, much like the rebound on Wall Street, confidence from the C-Suite could have an impact on the real economy, creating a virtuous circle. Matt Egan, CNN, "Exclusive: Corporate America is very, very bullish on the economic recovery from coronavirus," 28 May 2020 And so a virtuous circle was established, according to Purdue and its president. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "The College President Who Simply Won’t Raise Tuition," 7 Apr. 2020 And so a virtuous circle was established, according to Purdue and its president. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "The College President Who Simply Won’t Raise Tuition," 7 Apr. 2020 The virtuous circle has enabled Tesla to raise about $14 billion over the last decade, supporting the electric-car maker through countless ups and downs. Gabrielle Coppola, Bloomberg.com, "Tesla Capital Raise Keeps $14 Billion Virtuous Circle Rolling," 10 May 2020 And so a virtuous circle was established, according to Purdue and its president. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "The College President Who Simply Won’t Raise Tuition," 7 Apr. 2020 And so a virtuous circle was established, according to Purdue and its president. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "The College President Who Simply Won’t Raise Tuition," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of virtuous circle

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Virtuous circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virtuous%20circle. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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