*adj*; the tendency of some systems to return to normal conditions after a disruption. For example, a spinning gyroscope will return to its original inclination if you push it away. The term is usually applied to theories about how the economy works.
Economists traditionally describe market economies as self-correcting. However, when depressions or recessions strike, they are usually obligated to help the process along.
by Abu Yahya March 23, 2009