virtuous circle

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 The company’s mission creates a virtuous circle that engages not just its customers but its employees and partners. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 In recent decades, that virtuous circle has turned vicious. Robert Kuttner, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2021 As the workplace becomes more diverse, hiring teams should inevitably follow suit and a virtuous circle will take shape. Doug Lodder, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 In recent decades, that virtuous circle has turned vicious. Robert Kuttner, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2021 Optimally, a virtuous circle can be created where loud partiers are supplanted by museum-goers with more money to spend—or so the thinking goes. Paul Tullis,, 26 Aug. 2021 The app, the passengers, and his strict frugality aligned in a virtuous circle. Lauren Smiley, Wired, 22 June 2021 That was a virtuous circle while inflation is low and the Fed could step in whenever volatility jumped—the broad trend of the past 30 years. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, 1 June 2021 In particular, self-service technology, built on smart digital workflows, will create a virtuous circle. Jeff Koyen, Forbes, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of virtuous circle

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Virtuous circle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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