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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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(2) Terminology varies a lot here: Bayne (2009) labels the positions adopted as those of "phenomenal conservatives" versus "phenomenal liberals", Kriegel (2015) prefers "phenomenological inflationists" versus "phenomenological deflationists", and Siewert (2011) talks about "inclusivism" versus "exclusivism".
Deflationists contend that truth is implicitly defined in the instances of the T-schema.
This Siderian broader conception becomes especially important when in chapter 9 Sider defends ontological realism from the arguments presented by ontological deflationists. As mentioned above, deflationists say that ontological debates are not substantive.
In the deflationists' view, "credit" is the all important factor that affects prices-in-general.
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.
For convenience, let us call those who claim such expressions are co-referential 'deflationists', and those who claim that they are not 'non-deflationists'.
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.
(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).
The two theories address different questions: where Peirce spoke of belief, the deflationists often speak of warranted assertion (332-3).