Definition of contractionary in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈtrakSHəˌnerē/


Causing or relating to the contraction of a country’s economy: he imposed a contractionary fiscal policy in the form of a tax surcharge the contractionary effects of higher interest rates
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  • Government surpluses drain the private sector of net savings, a very contractionary policy!
  • The IMF programs of stabilization based on fiscal austerity have also been too contractionary.
  • The ILO attributes the jobs crisis to the social effects of contractionary economic policies.

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Syllabification: con·trac·tion·ar·y

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