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 United States has typically taken the lead in criticism of China’s human rights record, sparing smaller nations the task of facing down Beijing’s economic and political might. Washington Post, "In a first, 22 nations condemned China’s repression of Uigher Muslims. Without the U.S.," 12 July 2019 Various 20th-century authoritarianisms had produced either social, economic, and cultural stagnation or genocidal mass violence. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "The Right Liberalism," 11 July 2019 The sale of smaller parcels, typically 200 acres or less, was big business in Texas last year, topping $1 billion for the second year in a row as strong economic and population growth spurred activity, according to a new report. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Small land sales along Gulf Coast commanding higher prices," 9 July 2019 The money will provide more than 70,000 students in southeastern Wisconsin with economic and financial literacy education at the JA Kohl’s Education Center, the firm said. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kohl's will give $1 million to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin," 9 July 2019 Kait Bowdler, director of sustainability for the local food-rescue organization Philabundance, said that although donations were down last year, that was due to economic and climate factors, not the rise of ugly-produce companies. Allison Steele, Twin Cities, "Misshapen vegetables and puny fruits: Why weird-looking produce is becoming big business," 9 July 2019 The authors then translated those hazards into a range of projected economic and social exposure data to show the lives and dollars that could be at risk from climate change in California during the 21st century. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Trump Administration Officials Scrubbed Climate Change from Press Releases," 8 July 2019 The authors then translated those hazards into a range of projected economic and social exposure data to show the lives and dollars that could be at risk from climate change in California during the 21st century. Scott Waldman, Science | AAAS, "Trump officials deleting mentions of ‘climate change’ from U.S. Geological Survey press releases," 8 July 2019 The Economist, a journal of deep political thinking, took a crack at California’s reality in a recent article comparing the state to its arch economic and political rival, Texas. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: Today’s California–a shining example or a third-world state?," 7 July 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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