of, relating to, or causing recession, especially economic recession: recessionary market pressures.

Origin of recessionary

First recorded in 1955–60; recession1 + -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recessionary

Contemporary Examples of recessionary

  • The U.S. is a consumer-driven economy, but consumer confidence remains at recessionary levels and wages have hardly budged.

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    The Economy’s Secret Success in 2013

    Daniel Gross

    December 31, 2013

  • In the midst of our recessionary times, it might be comforting to read these great novels about people losing their jobs.

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    5 Novels About Losing Your Job

    Jess Walter

    November 30, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for recessionary



of, caused by, or undergoing economic recession
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