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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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Sustained deflations, in which prices fall steadily over several years, are associated with depressions, such as the one in the 1930s or the 1890s in the US.
At this point, a brief explanation of the difference between disinflation and deflation would be useful for those who want to perceive the prospects ahead:
One can use the familiar AS-AD apparatus to illustrate the differences, the most important of which is that AS-driven deflations are associated with increased output as the aggregate supply curve shifts to the right, while AD-driven deflations are associated with declines in output as that curve moves left.
This process avoids any disequilibrium in the demand and supply of money due to benign productivity-induced price deflations.
After decades of deflation and weak growth a successful mix of policies has helped Japan exit its deflations trap.
In the climate of scarcity that characterizes debt deflations, the specificity of bailout operations inevitably leads to intense political debate.
The discovery of gold in California in the mid-nineteenth century, and in Alaska, South Africa, and Australia 50 years later, also produced mild inflation, while the absence of such new discoveries in the 1870's and 1880's led to mild deflation.
They contend that by avoiding all deflations instead of avoiding only the harmful form, monetary policy may in fact create economic imbalances that eventually will have to be corrected.
Using a variety of empirical tests, Borio and Filardo (2004: 9) examine 14 countries across both 19th and 20th centuries and find "no reason to expect that deflations should necessarily be associated with economic weakness.
In fact, deflations are not necessarily bad for growth.
But now that inflation rates are near zero, periodic deflations are much more plausible.
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