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noun Economics.

the tendency of the inferior of two forms of currency to circulate more freely than, or to the exclusion of, the superior, because of the hoarding of the latter.

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Origin of Gresham's law

First recorded in 1855–60; named after Sir T. Gresham

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British Dictionary definitions for Gresham's law

Gresham's law

Gresham's theorem


noun

the economic hypothesis that bad money drives good money out of circulation; the superior currency will tend to be hoarded and the inferior will thus dominate the circulation

Word Origin for Gresham's law

C16: named after Sir Thomas Gresham
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Cultural definitions for Gresham's law

Gresham's law
[ (gresh-uhmz) ]

An economic principle proposed by an English financier, Sir Thomas Gresham, that bad money will drive good money out of circulation. For example, if the U.S. government minted silver dollars and then, at a later date, began to mint dollar coins out of cheaper metals, the public would hoard the silver dollars (possibly for later sale at higher prices) rather than use them as a medium of exchange: silver dollars would stop circulating.

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