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vicious circle

1. Logic
a. a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is inferred from premises the truth of which cannot be established independently of that conclusion
b. an explanation given in terms that cannot be understood independently of that which was to be explained
c. a situation in which some statement is shown to entail its negation and vice versa, as this statement is false is true only if false and false only if true
2. Med a condition in which one disease or disorder causes another, which in turn aggravates the first condition
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Any student of economic development would be familiar with the vicious cycle of poverty, or the poverty trap that keeps many nations in the grip of poverty seemingly indefinitely.
Another vicious cycle persisting in our system revolves around public sector inefficiency, or what we would now commonly term as weak governance.
With the new, more sophisticated financial markets punishing errant government policy behavior far more profoundly than in the past, vicious cycles are evidently emerging more often.
This vicious cycle will 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.