Asian inflation has been ------- in the last couple of months, and its governments are taking further measures to keep inflation numbers down.
(A) disrupted (B) subdued (C) overturned (D) adjusted
The book has given (A) disrupted as the best answer to complete the sentence, but I feel like it should be (B) subdued.
Because the word 'further' suggests that inflation was already on a downward trend, and the governments' measures of keeping inflation down are a continuation of the preexisting declination of the inflation.
The phrase 'keep inflation numbers down' is synonymous with 'subdue inflation', whereas 'disrupt inflation' doesn't really have as clear a meaning as the former phrases.
I agree that the word subdue tends to have an actor, and originally wondered if inflation could be 'subdued'. But the definition of subdue includes 'to bring under control' and 'to reduce the intensity or degree of', which makes sense when applied to inflation, and after some research I have found sources (likely same as Edwin's) for 'subdue inflation'