soft landing

noun Economics.
a slowing down of economic growth at a manageable rate relative to inflation and unemployment.

1960–65 Unabridged


[sawf-land, soft-]
verb (used with object)
to cause to land slowly and without jarring impact: to soft-land the module on the planet's surface.
verb (used without object)
to land slowly and without jarring impact: The craft will soft-land on the moon.


soft-lander, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
soft landing
1.  a landing by a spacecraft on the moon or a planet at a sufficiently low velocity for the equipment or occupants to remain unharmed
2.  a decrease in demand that does not result in a country's economy falling into recession

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Example sentences
When a thousand-pound animal trips in midair, a soft landing is not generally
These are serious risks, though the data so far points to a soft landing.
The search for a soft landing is beginning to take its toll.
He is among many praying for a soft landing for house prices.
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