Define: Devaluation

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Devaluation

What is the dictionary definition of Devaluation?

Dictionary Definition

  1. The removal or lessening of something’s value.
  2. The intentional or deliberate lowering of a currency’s value compared to another country’s currency or a standard value — the price of gold for example.
  3. Depreciation.


Full Definition of Devaluation

Devaluation is the reduction in the value of a currency, relative to all other currencies. In a fixed-rate regime, only a country’s central bank can undertake devaluation of its currency. The impact of devaluation is to make exports less expensive to foreign buyers and imports more expensive for domestic buyers. Thus devaluation will shift a country’s trade balance, or balance of payments. Sufficient devaluation is presumed to make a country so much more competitive than other countries that competitive devaluation can in effect be considered the export of unemployment. However, following the Asian currency crisis, there is evidence devaluation is not always expansionary. The IMF has as part of its mission the mandate to discourage devaluation for competitive reasons in order to maintain the stability of exchange rates. The opposite of devaluation is revaluation.


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Definition Sources

Definitions for Devaluation are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 9th February 2020.