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


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

OTHER WORDS FROM devaluation

min·i·de·val·u·a·tion, nounpost·de·val·u·a·tion, adjectivepre·de·val·u·a·tion, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for devaluation

/ (diːˌvæljuːˈeɪʃən) /


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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Cultural definitions for 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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