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devaluation

[dee-val-yoo-ey-shuh n] /diˌvæl yuˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an official lowering of the exchange value of a country's currency relative to gold or other currencies.
2.
a reduction of a value, status, etc.
Origin of devaluation
1910-1915
1910-15; devaluate + -ion
Related forms
minidevaluation, noun
postdevaluation, adjective
predevaluation, noun, adjective
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  • Rouble inflation will not fully reflect the devaluation for a long time.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • They erected defensive barricades of self-aggrandizement and of my devaluation.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Then the day after devaluation, we switch it all back into dollars again.

    The Common Man Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
  • Avoid contentions, divisions and animosities, which too frequently terminate in bloodshed and devaluation.

British Dictionary definitions for devaluation

devaluation

/diːˌvæljuːˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
a decrease in the exchange value of a currency against gold or other currencies, brought about by a government Compare depreciation (sense 4)
2.
a reduction in value, status, importance, etc
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Word Origin and History for devaluation
n.

1898; see de- + valuation. Specific application to currency is from 1914.

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devaluation in Culture

devaluation definition


A policy undertaken by a nation to reduce the value of its national currency either in relation to gold or in relation to the currencies of other nations.

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