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[in-fley-shuh-ner-ee] /ɪnˈfleɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/
of, pertaining to, reflective of, or causing inflation:
inflationary prices.
Origin of inflationary
1915-20; inflation + -ary
Related forms
anti-inflationary, adjective
counterinflationary, adjective
noninflationary, adjective
overinflationary, adjective
postinflationary, adjective
preinflationary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inflationary
  • The government's goal of achieving strong growth while reducing the debt burden is likely to create inflationary pressures.
  • Belt tightening is in order for the inflationary driver of higher education that has far exceeded other industries.
  • The inflationary economy that brings you your food is attentive, accurate, and pleasant.
  • Getting back on the pre-recession track may be difficult or even impossible--and trying to do so regardless would be inflationary.
  • For the first time, it will probe the dynamics of the early inflationary universe.
  • Remember, these increases are on top of the expected inflationary increase.
  • The same can be said of any branch of science, such as inflationary cosmology or quantum theory.
  • Meanwhile, inflationary pressures have diminished appreciably.
  • If rates rise, then the bond market thinks the economy is rallying and further rate cuts are inflationary.
  • Long term, much more will need to be done to eliminate the distortions in the economy that have generated the inflationary surge.
British Dictionary definitions for inflationary


of, relating to, causing, or characterized by inflation: inflationary wage claims
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inflationary

1916, from inflation + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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