overinflation

inflation

[in-fley-shuhn]
noun
1.
Economics. a persistent, substantial rise in the general level of prices related to an increase in the volume of money and resulting in the loss of value of currency (opposed to deflation ).
2.
the act of inflating.
3.
the state of being inflated.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English inflacio(u)n < Latin inflātiōn- (stem of inflātiō). See inflate, -ion

anti-inflation, noun, adjective
noninflation, noun
overinflation, noun
reinflation, noun
self-inflation, noun
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inflation (ɪnˈfleɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of inflating or state of being inflated
2.  economics Compare deflation a progressive increase in the general level of prices brought about by an expansion in demand or the money supply (demand-pull inflation) or by autonomous increases in costs (cost-push inflation)
3.  informal the rate of increase of prices

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inflation
mid-14c., from L. inflationem (nom. inflatio), noun of action from inflare "blow into, puff up," from in- "into" + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)). Monetary sense of "enlargement of prices" (originally by an increase in the amount of money in circulation) first recorded 1838 in Amer.Eng.
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inflation in·fla·tion (ĭn-flā'shən)
n.

  1. Distention with a fluid or gas.

  2. The act of distending an organ or body part with a fluid or gas.

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inflation definition


A general increase in prices.

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