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1. The act of deflating or the condition of being deflated.
2. A persistent decrease in the level of consumer prices or a persistent increase in the purchasing power of money.
3. The lifting and removal of small, loose particles, especially silt and clay particles, by eddies of wind.

de·fla′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj.
de·fla′tion·ist n.


1. the act of deflating or state of being deflated
2. (Economics) economics a reduction in the level of total spending and economic activity resulting in lower levels of output, employment, investment, trade, profits, and prices. Compare disinflation
3. (Geological Science) geology the removal of loose rock material, sand, and dust by the wind
deˈflationary adj
deˈflationist n, adj


(dɪˈfleɪ ʃən)

1. the act of deflating or the state of being deflated.
2. a fall in the general price level or a contraction of available money (opposed to inflation). Compare disinflation.
3. the erosion of soil by the wind.
de•fla′tion•ar′y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deflation - (geology) the erosion of soil as a consequence of sand and dust and loose rocks being removed by the wind; "a constant deflation of the desert landscape"
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
eating away, eroding, erosion, wearing, wearing away - (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
2.deflation - a contraction of economic activity resulting in a decline of prices
economic process - any process affecting the production and development and management of material wealth
disinflation - a reduction of prices intended to improve the balance of payments
inflation, rising prices - a general and progressive increase in prices; "in inflation everything gets more valuable except money"
3.deflation - the act of letting the air out of something
reduction, step-down, diminution, decrease - the act of decreasing or reducing something
inflation - the act of filling something with air
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[diːˈfleɪʃən] N [of tyre etc] → desinflamiento m (Econ) → deflación f


[dɪˈfleɪʃən] n [economy] → déflation f


n (of tyre, ball)Luftablassen nt(of aus); (Fin) → Deflation f


[diːˈfleɪʃn] n (Econ) → deflazione f


(diˈfleit) verb
1. to let gas out of (a tyre etc).
2. to reduce (a person's) importance, self-confidence etc. He was completely deflated by his failure.
deˈflation noun
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Indeed the intractable nature of semantic disputes [between localists and holists, between truth conditionalists and verificationists, between deflationists and substantivists, as well as between others] .
This paper offers a disjunctive response: if we possess a categorical conception of arithmetic, then deflationists have principled reason to accept a rich notion of logical consequence according to which the Godel sentence follows from PA.
As mentioned above, deflationists say that ontological debates are not substantive.
5) Deflationists about truth-talk (henceforth, T-deflationists) see the expression 'is true' as a device of semantic descent, whose meaning is exhaustively provided by instances of schemata like (T) or (PT) (Sellars 223).
Even though commercial bank reserves have expanded exponentially, the deflationists see little possibility of either monetary or price inflation, because credit has remained scarce, and is likely to remain so.
The plan, though, exhibited some elements of forceful co-operation between the economic classes and, more importantly, it brought the two contending camps of economic advice--the deflationists and the stabilisationists--under the one roof.
Rather than cast my lot with either the deflationists or non-deflationists, I would like to question the way in which the debate itself has been framed.
Many contemporary deflationists have viewed this as a minor problem, but there is an increasing literature arguing that it poses fundamental problems for deflationism.
The second problem has led deflationists, including McGrath, to play the derivation game: show that the important generalizations about truth can be explained by deriving them from deflationary premises (the deflationary truth theory, supplemented where necessary by "unproblematic assumptions").
Or is the attribution of truth to a legal proposition nonsubstantive, as deflationists claim?
Deflationists believe that the existence of certain entities (for example, numbers) can be established by means of "easy" arguments--arguments that, supposedly, rely solely on uncontroversial premises and trivial inferences.
But Rayo doesn't explicitly discuss the debates between deflationists and correspondence theorists.