adjective eco·nom·i·cal \-ˈnä-mi-kəl\

: using money, resources, etc., carefully

—used to describe a product that is not expensive to own and use

Full Definition of ECONOMICAL

archaic :  economic 1
:  marked by careful, efficient, and prudent use of resources :  thrifty <an economical shopper>
:  operating with little waste or at a saving <an economical car>

First Known Use of ECONOMICAL

15th century

Synonym Discussion of ECONOMICAL

sparing, frugal, thrifty, economical mean careful in the use of one's money or resources. sparing stresses abstention and restraint <sparing in the offering of advice>. frugal implies absence of luxury and simplicity of lifestyle <ran a frugal household>. thrifty stresses good management and industry <thrifty use of nonrenewable resources>. economical stresses prudent management, lack of wastefulness, and use of things to their best advantage <an economical health-care plan>.

Other Economics Terms

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Rhymes with ECONOMICAL

ECONOMICAL Defined for Kids


adjective eco·nom·i·cal \ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mi-kəl, ˌē-\

Definition of ECONOMICAL for Kids

:  using what is available carefully and without waste :  frugal <economical cooking>
:  operating with little waste <an economical car>
eco·nom·i·cal·ly adverb

Synonym Discussion of ECONOMICAL

economical, thrifty, and sparing mean careful in the use of money or goods. economical means using things in the best possible way without wasting anything. <She's an economical cook who feeds us well.> thrifty is used when someone manages things well and is industrious. <A thrifty shopper can save money.> sparing is used when someone spends or uses as little as possible. <They are very sparing in giving money to charity.>


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