eco·​nom·​ic | \ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mik, ˌē-kə- \

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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Trump has delighted in choosing judges, an issue that unites conservative groups, including some that have been skeptical of either his personal behavior or his policy positions, for example on trade and other economic issues. David G. Savage,, "Brett Kavanaugh, a Washington veteran, is Trump's second pick for the Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Reproductive health care is an economic issue for women. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Should abortion stance be a purity test for Missouri Democrats? Question roils party," 5 July 2018 Macron's visit also highlighted economic issues, with a $475 million agreement signed for France to fund projects in three Nigerian states including Lagos, the commercial capital. Sam Olukoya, Fox News, "Macron parties at Fela Kuti's New Afrika Shrine in Nigeria," 4 July 2018 Hogan beat Brown with a campaign that focused on economic issues and promised to steer clear of conservative positions on social issues. Michael Dresser,, "Ben Jealous criticizes Maryland Gov. Hogan for declining comment on Trump's possible Supreme Court pick," 3 July 2018 This should be treated as an economic issue not a social issue. Amy Chance, sacbee, "'Not all machines are evil,' and other thoughts on California's changing economy," 2 July 2018 Powell saw that arid cultures stood or fell — and mostly fell — not on their absolute amounts of water, but on how equitably political and economic systems divided limited resources — and could evolve in the face of climatic and societal changes. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 But a nagging question has been hanging over the industry: Would banks, taking their cue from rising economic optimism and a friendlier White House, significantly increase their lending to businesses and households? Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bank Earnings Climb in Growing Economy, but Lending Doesn’t Keep Pace," 13 July 2018 Yet as corruption continues to factor into almost all economic transactions here, the clamor for change keeps growing. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Kenyans have had it with corruption. Their leaders may finally be doing something about it.," 13 July 2018

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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, 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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