vicious circle

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vi·cious cir·cle

the mutually augmenting action of two independent diseases or phenomena, or of a primary and secondary affection.

vicious circle

n.
1. A situation in which the apparent solution of one problem in a chain of circumstances creates a new problem and increases the difficulty of solving the original problem. Also called vicious cycle.
2. A condition in which a disorder or disease gives rise to another that subsequently affects the first.
3. Logic A fallacy in reasoning in which the premise is used to prove the conclusion, and the conclusion used to prove the premise.

vi·cious cir·cle

(vish'ŭs sĭr'kĕl)
1. The mutually accelerating action of two independent diseases or phenomena, or of a primary and secondary affection.
2. The passage of food, after a gastroenterostomy, from the artificial opening through the intestinal loop by antiperistaltic action and back into the stomach again by the pyloric orifice, or the reverse.
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Episodes of vicious cycles cannot be easily forecast, as our recent experience with Asia has demonstrated.
Such vicious cycles continue until either defaults or restructuring lowers debt-service obligations or the low local exchange rates finally induce a pickup in the supply of dollars.
Although, as indicated earlier, I do not believe we are as yet sufficiently knowledgeable of the full complex dynamics of our increasingly developing high tech financial system, enough insights have been gleaned from the crises in Mexico and Asia (and previous experiences) to enable us to list a few of the critical tendencies toward disequilibrium and vicious cycles that will have to be addressed if our new global economy is to limit the scope for disruptions in the future.