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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The authority would work to find other TVA jobs for those who want them at the plants and would work to lessen the economic impact on local economies. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Tennessee Valley Authority Approves Closure of Two Coal-Fired Plants," 14 Feb. 2019 Wealth inequality has increased more in this decade than any other in American history, while economic mobility has done the opposite, as Matthew Stewart writes in an Atlantic article about the new American aristocracy. Jen Doll, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You?," 12 Feb. 2019 The company notes that Hurricane Harvey, which was listed as a Category 4, would have been a RealImpact Category 5 due to the severity of its economic impact on the Houston region. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "AccuWeather Unveils Its Own Hurricane Scale," 14 Jan. 2019 While the immediate reduction and eventual elimination of police violence is ideal for many voters, there is a lingering concern on whether police-reform activists could provide substantive economic policy or find ways to curb city spending. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Stevante Clark is Running for Mayor of Sacramento," 3 Jan. 2019 Further Reading The economic impacts of climate change could limit climate change In the US, cheap natural gas has been a primary driver in coal's fall from grace. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "King Coal isn’t dead—he’s just been exiled from the US," 20 Dec. 2018 President Franklin Roosevelt's original New Deal, a series of economic programs that did everything from start Social Security to build out rural infrastructure, was intensely focused on putting Americans back to work during the Depression. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Green Deal, Explaind: What's Actually in the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Energy Plan?," 8 Feb. 2019 Although cancers deaths in the U.S. fell overall, there are still significant racial and economic gaps in mortality rates. Korin Miller, SELF, "Cancer Deaths Have Declined 27 Percent in 25 Years, But Not Everyone Is Seeing the Same Benefit," 8 Jan. 2019 Center the conversation about social equity around housing Social inequity is the product of large-scale political and economic systems that will have to change to make broad sweeping improvements. Diana Budds, Curbed, "3 ways architects can improve social equity," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of economic

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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economic

adjective

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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