eco·​nom·​ic | \ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mik, ˌē-kə- \

Definition of economic 

1a : of, relating to, or based on the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services economic growth

b : of or relating to an economy a group of economic advisers

c : of or relating to economics economic theories

3 : having practical or industrial significance or uses : affecting material resources

5 archaic : of or relating to a household or its management

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Synonyms & Antonyms for economic


fat, gainful, juicy, lucrative, money-spinning [chiefly British], moneymaking, paying, profitable, remunerative



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Examples of economic in a Sentence

a program to prevent inflation and economic collapse the President's chief economic adviser We're looking for a more economic way of doing business.
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Officials have ample opportunities in coming days to clarify how recent market turmoil has affected their economic outlook. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Shifts to a Less Predictable Approach to Policy Making," 27 Nov. 2018 Lena Afridi, the director of economic development policy at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, is less certain about the move’s positive impact on Long Island City. Natt Garun, The Verge, "For Queens residents, Amazon’s HQ2 isn’t arriving without a fight," 20 Nov. 2018 For this reason, Vietnam’s garment industry is under tremendous cultural pressure, not just economic. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 But the fund lowered China’s economic outlook for 2019 to 6.2 percent, which would be the country’s slowest growth since 1990. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "World stocks slide after IMF trims economic outlook," 9 Oct. 2018 In his storied career in fashion, business, and philanthropy, Mr. Lauren has played a key role in forging transatlantic cultural and economic connections. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Receives an Honorary Knighthood From the United Kingdom," 14 Nov. 2018 Scores have emigrated to Hungary and western Europe, driven in part by Ukraine’s economic crisis and facilitated by the possibility of acquiring dual Hungarian citizenship, which comes with a European Union passport. Pablo Gorondi, The Seattle Times, "Ukraine’s Hungarian minority threatened by new education law," 14 Nov. 2018 Lamont eked out his victory, but just barely, with outgoing Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy deeply unpopular after years of economic stagnation in the state. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democratic wins in these 9 states will have seismic policy consequences," 9 Nov. 2018 These are health and economic issues that affect many people. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "These 10 Moms Running for Office Need You to Vote on November 6," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of economic

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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English Language Learners Definition of economic

: relating to an economy : relating to the process or system by which goods and services are produced, sold, and bought

: relating to the science of economics


eco·​nom·​ic | \ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mik, ˌē-\

Kids Definition of economic

1 : of or relating to the study of economics economic theories

2 : relating to or based on the making, selling, and using of goods and services The program promoted economic growth.

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