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stagflation

[ stag-fley-shuhn ]
/ stægˈfleɪ ʃən /
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noun

an inflationary period accompanied by rising unemployment and lack of growth in consumer demand and business activity.

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Origin of stagflation

1965–70; blend of stagnation and inflation
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British Dictionary definitions for stagflation

stagflation
/ (stæɡˈfleɪʃən) /

noun

a situation in which inflation is combined with stagnant or falling output and employment
C20: blend of stagnation + inflation
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Cultural definitions for stagflation

stagflation

An economic phenomenon of the late 1960s and 1970s characterized by sluggish economic growth and high inflation. The word is a blend of stagnation and inflation.

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