AskDefine | Define disinflation

Dictionary Definition

disinflation n : a reduction of prices intended to improve the balance of payments [ant: inflation, deflation]

Extensive Definition

Disinflation is a decrease in the rate of inflation. Being how much prices are increasing per unit of time, it can be expressed using the word disinflation: The slowing of the rate of inflation per unit of time.
For example one month the rate of inflation was 4.4% and the next month the rate of inflation was 4.0%. In this instance the price of goods and services is still increasing; however, it is increasing at a slower rate, 0.4% less, than a month before. It should not be confused with deflation, which is an overall decrease in prices.
disinflation in Bosnian: Dezinflacija
disinflation in Czech: Dezinflace
disinflation in German: Disinflation
disinflation in Spanish: Desinflación
disinflation in French: Désinflation
disinflation in Hebrew: דיסאינפלציה
disinflation in Dutch: Desinflatie
disinflation in Norwegian: Disinflasjon
disinflation in Slovak: Dezinflácia
disinflation in Turkish: Dezenflasyon
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