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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.
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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
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(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.
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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
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[dɪˈfleɪʃən] n [economy] → déflation f
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n (of tyre, ball)Luftablassen nt(of aus); (Fin) → Deflation f
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[diːˈfleɪʃn] n (Econ) → deflazione f
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(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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References in periodicals archive ?
"The Costs of Deflations: A Historical Perspective," BIS Quarterly Review 20, no.
Price deflation was an ordinary phenomenon that did not provoke necessarily bad connotations.
A comparison to the inflationary cycle theory story also helps illuminate the role that capital plays in monetary deflations. The Austrian cycle theory argues that the increased investment in early stages of production has the effect of increasing the demand for complementary capital goods.
Unfortunately, that has led to a relative neglect of deflation in the Austrian literature.
In the climate of scarcity that characterizes debt deflations, the specificity of bailout operations inevitably leads to intense political debate.
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." Rather, the economic "context in which they take place" is important.
Deflations make central bankers nervous, and history tells us why.
While Japan and other G7 members - as well as China, Russia and other BRICS states - have followed the US lead into monetary easing to avert disinflation or deflation, meanwhile, the orthodox Germans are still strongly opposed to a European Central Bank (ECB) use of such "tools for a descent towards an artificial economy".
The risk of deflation in the US and the eurozone may require more expansionary monetary policy, such as quantitative easing (QE), QNB has said in a report.
JEDDAH: ARAB NEWSThe risk of deflation in the US and the euro zone may require more expansionary monetary policy, such as Quantitative Easing (QE), according to the QNB Group Overall in 2014, deflation could be a serious risk for the US and Europe, it said in a report.
Summary: As global fiscal stimulus continues, will the end result be deflation or inflation?
There is some concern that further disinflation could lead to deflation. At first glance, this fear seems unfounded.