Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Downward movement of inflated prices to a more normal level.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A decrease in the inflation rate.
  • n. Deflation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a reduction in the rate of price increases; a lessening of inflationary pressure.
  • n. a reduction of the value of a currency in international exchange markets caused by a government; -- usually done as a means to improve the country's international balance of payments.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a reduction of prices intended to improve the balance of payments

Etymologies

dis- +‎ inflation (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "While no member saw an appreciable risk of deflation, some judged that the risk of further near-term disinflation had increased somewhat," according to minutes of the Fed's Aug. 10 policy meeting.

    How a touch of inflation could boost the economy

  • If the TARP and the TALF don't work or the stress tests show that the balance sheets of the banks are worse than the market thinks, then there could be a further contraction and short term disinflation or deflation.

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  • What we've had is "disinflation" -- a drop of inflation.

    The Specter Of Deflation

  • Economists at Banco Santander said the economic slowdown and the government's policies won't be enough to produce significant disinflation, which is a slowing of inflation's pace.

    Brazil Raises Inflation Forecast

  • In the past, credit crises have been associated not with inflation but deflation, in which prices don't just rise less rapidly -- that's called disinflation -- but actually fall.

    Few Good Scenarios in View as Crisis Spreads

  • The deceleration, also called disinflation, is different from the persistent decline in costs that economists call deflation.

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  • With disinflation, which is a slowing of the rate that prices increase, and deflation -- a more dangerous situation in which there's a general decrease in prices over a longer period of time.

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  • With disinflation, which is a slowing of the rate that prices increase, and deflation - a more dangerous situation in which there's a general decrease in prices over a longer period of time.

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  • The slide for oil and other commodity prices suggests a "disinflation" process is under way, as the falloff in demand from consumers and commercial interests world-wide overshadows questions of supply, driving prices down.

    Starbucks and AmEx Lead Stocks' Decline

  • Finally we have disinflation which is the slowdown in the rate of inflation or the downward movement of prices in general.

    Same Data / Different Interpretation

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