economic

adjective
eco·​nom·​ic | \ ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mik How to pronounce economic (audio) , ˌē-kə- How to pronounce economic (audio) \

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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

unprofitable

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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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Hopes of a positive outcome to the latest flareup between the two countries pushed some investors out of the yen, a popular haven during times of economic or political uncertainty. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Dollar Reverses Losses," 10 May 2019 Jughead's expensive wardrobe Jughead's economic situation has always been pretty bleak. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 "Riverdale" Plot Holes That Will Keep You Up at Night," 3 May 2019 Fyre is more atmospheric and cinematic than Fyre Fraud, which has more meta-analysis and outsider commentary (for example, from New Yorker critic Jia Tolentino) on what Fyre means in our current economic and sociopolitical moment. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Which Fyre Festival Documentary Should You Watch: Hulu or Netflix?," 15 Jan. 2019 But the long-term fix is all about economic development. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Why Hondurans Flee for the U.S.," 7 Apr. 2019 Plans for a stadium on the 28-acre tract were put forth in the early 2000s by then-mayor Bloomberg and Dan Doctoroff, his deputy for economic development, as a way to win the 2012 Summer Olympics for New York. Chloe Malle, Town & Country, "Is the Shed the Defining Arts Institution of a New New York City?," 14 Mar. 2019 The Council has implemented an interdisciplinary plan that includes: youth engagement, economic development, leadership resources and recreational activity. Teen Vogue, "The Turtle Mountain Youth Council is Helping Chippewa Teens Find Their Voices," 11 Mar. 2019 Two Amazon executives — Brian Huseman, a VP of public policy, and Holly Sullivan, worldwide head of economic development — were also in the audience and faced a grilling from council members who pressed the company on several topics. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "New York City council members railed against Amazon in the hope of renegotiating the HQ2 deal," 12 Dec. 2018 Pursuing economic development means getting sanctions relief. Alex Ward, Vox, "How Trump made the North Korea crisis worse," 12 Dec. 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

economic

adjective
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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