devaluation

[ dee-val-yoo-ey-shuh n ]
/ diˌvæl yuˈeɪ ʃən /

noun

an official lowering of the exchange value of a country's currency relative to gold or other currencies.
a reduction of a value, status, etc.

Origin of devaluation

First recorded in 1910–15; devaluate + -ion
Related formsmin·i·de·val·u·a·tion, nounpost·de·val·u·a·tion, adjectivepre·de·val·u·a·tion, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for devaluation

devaluation

/ (diːˌvæljuːˈeɪʃən) /

noun

a decrease in the exchange value of a currency against gold or other currencies, brought about by a governmentCompare depreciation (def. 4)
a reduction in value, status, importance, etc
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Word Origin and History for devaluation

devaluation


n.

1898; see de- + valuation. Specific application to currency is from 1914.

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Culture definitions for devaluation

devaluation


A policy undertaken by a nation to reduce the value of its national currency either in relation to gold or in relation to the currencies of other nations.

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