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inflationary Syllabification: in·fla·tion·ar·y
Pronunciation: /inˈflāSHəˌnerē/

Definition of inflationary in English:


1Of, characterized by, or tending to cause monetary inflation.
Example sentences
  • So from a theoretical point of view it can be argued that an independent central bank may reduce the inflationary bias of monetary policy-making.
  • But in the medium term looser fiscal and monetary policy poses serious inflationary risks.
  • Whether these measures or a general economic downturn helped ease inflationary pressures in the housing market is open to argument.
2 Astronomy Of, relating to, or involving inflation.
Example sentences
  • Some promising ideas, such as inflationary cosmology and string theory, already exist.
  • In de Sitter space the universe expands exponentially, which is the basis of the inflationary model of the universe.
  • But first there were intriguing developments to follow up in the field of inflationary cosmology.

Words that rhyme with inflationary

deflationary, probationary, stationary, stationery

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