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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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 Voters in Grand Prairie approved $75 million in bonds for economic development while two of three council races were so close they are now headed to a June 5 runoff. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Two Grand Prairie council seats headed to runoffs, $75 million bond measure approved," 3 May 2021 Minneapolis’s housing policy remains focused on unwinding past harms that have shaped who owns homes and where, said Andrea Brennan, the city's director of community planning and economic development. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Why Black Homeownership Lags Badly in Minneapolis," 1 May 2021 City planners and economic development officials recognize that there’s an opening here. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "The WFH Exodus Creates an Opportunity for Small Cities," 29 Apr. 2021 Longer life spans tend to come hand and hand with economic development, but this does not mean that everyone in high-income countries is living longer. New York Times, "How Long Will This Child Live?," 29 Apr. 2021 If re-elected my first week on the job will be the continuation of the work that is near and dear to my heart — economic development., "Taneytown election: City Council candidates make their case for votes," 29 Apr. 2021 The summit draws community leaders, real estate developers, tourism professionals, business owners, and those interested in the Great Miami River, including its trails and its cities’ economic development, according to Foley. Wayne Baker, The Enquirer, "Riverway Summit returns to in-person event featuring discussion of Spooky Nook sports facility," 28 Apr. 2021 The first major wave of infrastructure, environmental restoration and economic development projects approved for RESTORE funding, including $315 million for Mobile and Baldwin counties, was announced in 2018. al, "RESTORE Council vote confirms $305 million for coastal ecology work," 28 Apr. 2021 The idea of turning Main Street into a year-round pedestrian zone is something Salt Lake City officials have discussed with stakeholders since the pandemic began, according to Ben Kolander, the city’s director of economic development. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake City will close Main Street again this summer to welcome diners and pedestrians," 28 Apr. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Economic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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