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.
Recent Examples on the Web Like the two Nordic countries, other nations joined the European Union for its promise economic and political unity without taking sides in the East-West divide that has endured beyond the end of the Cold War. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 15 May 2022 The United Nations and the World Bank have blamed the country's leaders for exacerbating the economic depression. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 15 May 2022 But some critics said the money should go toward addressing public health as well as economic pain caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Mark Walker,, 15 May 2022 Our first order of business is to take care of the economic health of this community. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 Brian Blase is the president of Paragon Health Institute and former special assistant for economic policy to President Donald Trump at the National Economic Council. Brian Blase, STAT, 14 May 2022 But Orvis points out that economic incentives like New Jersey’s rebate program and the federal tax credit for EVs depend on funding from lawmakers. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 14 May 2022 Globalization nowadays may be a dirty word, but having diverse suppliers is an economic strength. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Meanwhile, being unable to afford reproductive care can have long-standing impacts on a woman's economic security, experts note. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of economic

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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18 May 2022

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“Economic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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