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[dis-in-fley-shuh n] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈfleɪ ʃən/
noun, Economics
a period or process of slowing the rate of inflation.
Origin of disinflation
1875-80; dis-1 + inflation
Related forms
disinflationary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disinflation
  • On that basis, the disinflation over the past six years will not have been all that impressive.
  • To the extent that this helps contain global disinflation, it is helpful.
  • Now, if you operate an economy below trend for long periods of time, disinflation is sure to become a problem.
  • So far, inflation targeting has locked in low inflation rather than brought about major disinflation.
  • Some of the disinflation is likely to be persistent, however, as a general easing in core inflation is typical during recessions.
  • It also considers the spectrum of authoritative prescriptions for disinflation of the economy.
  • Some advanced economies struggle with weak demand, high unemployment, and disinflation.
  • Evidently, disinflation costs are higher in such a setting.
  • However, persistent excess capacity evident in labor and product markets pointed to possible further disinflation.
  • The strengthening economy had reduced concerns of significant further disinflation, but those concerns had not been eliminated.
British Dictionary definitions for disinflation


(economics) a reduction or stabilization of the general price level intended to improve the balance of payments without incurring reductions in output, employment, and investment Compare deflation (sense 2)
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