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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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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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Recent Examples on the Web As economic activity resumes in China following the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, levels of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are rising to traditional standards for the first time this year. Fox News, "As China's coronavirus shutdowns end, air pollutants rise to traditional levels," 30 May 2020 City officials have acknowledged that preventive health measures have caused devastating economic impacts on the local economy. USA TODAY, "Milk giveaway, ‘Pass the pork,’ famous rodeo foiled: News from around our 50 states," 28 May 2020 Considering the economic impact and livelihood tied to vendors, artisans and others involved, fair officials have many aspects to consider. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Some state fairs have been canceled. Here's the current plan for the Indiana State Fair.," 28 May 2020 The economic impact of State Fair is over $200 million, so this is another hit to Milwaukee’s economy. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin State Fair canceled for the first time in 75 years," 28 May 2020 And, remember, a big bounce-back in economic activity should lift cyclicals. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Stocks soar on vaccine hopes, bailouts and new plans to re-open the global economy," 26 May 2020 The tourism economy in Greater Cleveland is big business, responsible for $9.4 billion in economic impact in 2018, and 71,000 jobs. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Destination Cleveland starting to think about how to pitch travel again; residents will be key," 25 May 2020 The significant dips in the number of working business owners are layered on top of other emerging disparities in the pandemic’s economic impact. Hannah Knowles,, "Minority-owned businesses suffering worse than most, research shows," 25 May 2020 All that death collapsed economic activity, including lead mining and smelting. Dave Levitan, Scientific American, "Will the Earth ‘Remember’ the Coronavirus Pandemic?," 25 May 2020

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First Known Use of economic

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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The first known use of economic was in 1599

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“Economic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce economic (audio) , 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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