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[hahy-per-in-fley-shuh n] /ˌhaɪ pər ɪnˈfleɪ ʃən/
extreme or excessive inflation.
Origin of hyperinflation
First recorded in 1925-30; hyper- + inflation
Related forms
hyperinflationary, adjective Unabridged
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  • There is no civil war, no hyperinflation, a stable currency and no famine.

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  • Moreover, not everyone think that hyperinflation is imminent.

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  • The transition from hyperinflation or high inflation to a supportable level of inflation is a matter of one or two decades.

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  • Russian businesses are used to operating without a banking system, or in hyperinflation.

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British Dictionary definitions for hyperinflation


extremely high inflation, usually over 50 per cent per month, often involving social disorder Also called galloping inflation
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Word Origin and History for hyperinflation

1930 in the economic sense, from hyper- + inflation. Earlier as a medical term in treatment of lung diseases.

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