easing easing  /ˈi zɪŋ/


  1. (n) a change for the better
  2. (n) the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)



  1. Cabin pressure will be closer to sea level, easing pressure buildup in the sinuses and ears.
  2. Despite an easing of marijuana laws in the 1970s, the Reagan Administration's get-tough drug policies applied to marijuana as well.
  3. Biofuels, made from food crops such as corn, sugar cane, and palm oil, are seen as easing the world's dependence on gasoline or diesel.


  1. Israel PM: Sanctions on Iran should increase

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Sunday warned the international community against easing sanctions on Iran following the election of a reformist-backed president, saying the country's nuclear efforts remain firmly in the hands of Iran's extremist ruling clerics.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. BOJ Urged to Adopt Easing Time-Limit to Quell Bond Volatility

    The Bank of Japan should specify a two-year limit for its unprecedented monetary easing to help quell bond-market volatility, according to one of the central bank’s board members.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  3. Press Releases: Background Briefing on Easing of U.S. Economic Sanctions In Support of the Syrian People

    Background Briefing on Easing of U.S. Economic Sanctions In Support of the Syrian People Special Briefing Senior Administration Officials Washington, DC June 12, 2013 MODERATOR: Hello, everybody. Thanks for joining us this afternoon. Again, I just want to remind you this is on background. We have with us today two senior Administration officials. The first official is [Senior Administration ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: U.S. Department of State


  1. In a scheduled speech, Mr. Bernanke said, "In light of recent changes in the outlook for and the risks to growth, additional policy easing may well be necessary."
    on Jan 10, 2008 By: Ben Bernanke Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. "Surveys suggest a softening in business activity, and there have also been early signs of an easing in labor market conditions," wrote Stevens.
    on Aug 4, 2008 By: Glenn Stevens Source: MarketWatch

  3. "If this easing does not occur, the forecast recovery could be put at risk. In these circumstances we would reassess policy settings," Mr. Bollard said in a clear statement of intent to cut rates further if financial conditions remained tight.
    on Jul 29, 2009 By: Alan Bollard Source: Wall Street Journal

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