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hyperinflation

[hahy-per-in-fley-shuh n]
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noun
  1. extreme or excessive inflation.
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Origin of hyperinflation

First recorded in 1925–30; hyper- + inflation
Related formshy·per·in·fla·tion·ar·y, adjective
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  • There is no civil war, no hyperinflation, a stable currency and no famine.

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    Sam Vaknin

  • 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

hyperinflation

noun
  1. extremely high inflation, usually over 50 per cent per month, often involving social disorderAlso called: galloping inflation
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Word Origin and History for hyperinflation

n.

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

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