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The lowest unemployment rate that an economy can accommodate without causing inflation.

[n(on)a(ccelerating) i(nflation) r(ate of) u(nemployment).]
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n acronym for
(Economics) non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment: the rate of unemployment at which inflation is neither accelerating nor decelerating. Also called: natural rate of unemployment
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