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


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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The prince was said to be fascinated throughout his week working at their iconic South Bank London headquarters, learning how the MI6 navigates threats and potential threats to the country’s national security and economic wellbeing. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Prince William's Top Secret Internship at Britain's Intelligence Agencies," 6 Apr. 2019 If New York City can finally break the economic status quo for women, then who knows how broad the impact will be? Alicia Glen, Marie Claire, "Alicia Glen of Women.NYC on Helping Women and Female-Led Business Get the Money They Deserve," 3 Apr. 2019 Ethiopian-Israelis’ lives have been far from easy in Israel, marked heavily by economic disadvantage and pervasive discrimination that includes hiring bias, random identification checks, and police brutality. Vogue, "Eden Dersso Is the Changing Face of Tel Aviv’s Hip-Hop Scene," 2 Apr. 2019 In the distant future, aliens known as the Othersiders arrive with advanced technologies that lead to an economic downturn for human civilization. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle," 29 Dec. 2018 That’s in part because tariffs are now acutely hurting parts of the US and China is starting to experience an economic slowdown. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 France, with newfound support from Germany, wants the EU to protect itself more robustly against China’s growing economic and political clout. Marcus Walker, WSJ, "EU Grapples With Discord on How to Treat China," 19 Mar. 2019 As trade schools’ bottom-line ethic is being applauded, many four-year institutions are, perhaps not coincidentally, struggling with an economic and identity crisis. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 Providing them with access to education is the key to economic and social development. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Black-and-White Dress for an International Women's Day Panel," 8 Mar. 2019

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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 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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