[ stag-fley-shuh n ]
/ stægˈfleɪ ʃən /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stagflation

/ (stæɡˈfleɪʃən) /


a situation in which inflation is combined with stagnant or falling output and employment

Word Origin for stagflation

C20: blend of stagnation + inflation
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Culture definitions for 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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