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[stag-fley-shuh n]
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  1. an inflationary period accompanied by rising unemployment and lack of growth in consumer demand and business activity.
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Origin of stagflation

1965–70; blend of stagnation and inflation
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  1. a situation in which inflation is combined with stagnant or falling output and employment
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Word Origin

C20: blend of stagnation + inflation
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Word Origin and History for stagflation


1965, apparently coined by U.K. politician Iain Macleod (1913-1970), from stag(nation) + (in)flation.

Attacking the Government's economic policy last night in the House of Commons, Mr. Iain Macleod (West Enfield - Con.) the Opposition spokesman on Treasury and economic affairs, described the present situation in Britain as "stagflation" -- stagnation and inflation together. ["Glasgow Herald," Nov. 18, 1965]
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stagflation in Culture


An economic phenomenon of the late 1960s and 1970s characterized by sluggish economic growth and high inflation. The word is a blend of stagnation and inflation.

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