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, lucrative, 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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Inside the sun-drenched, multi-story lobby on State Highway 242 sits a quiet hub of medical innovation offering significant economic benefits to the south Montgomery County area. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Methodist Hospital celebrates its first year in The Woodlands," 7 July 2018 The damage would threaten to undo many of the economic benefits of last year's tax cuts. NBC News, "China says it must 'counterattack' after U.S. tariff hike officially takes effect," 6 July 2018 The initial reasons — and benefits — were largely economic, driven by rising costs throughout the region, particularly in preparation for the rising minimum wage. Justin Phillips,, "SF restaurants struggle for balance in prices, service as wage hike arrives," 29 June 2018 Many readers cited the double economic benefit of legalization. Dan Sweeney,, "Readers show strong support for legalization of recreational marijuana," 28 June 2018 But there is a special place in hell for the economic advisers that conjured up this trade war. Phillip Molnar,, "Can the U.S. economy withstand a trade war?," 13 July 2018 Northern Kentucky officials are crediting Tobergte's leadership as instrumental in the region's economic growth in recent decades. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Dan Tobertge resigns from Northern Kentucky Tri-ED," 13 July 2018 In one afternoon, Putin likely goes from discussing tax policy with his economic advisers to planning targeted assassinations of dissidents and business competitors with his secret police. Bill Browder, Time, "I've Been Putin's Number One Foreign Enemy for a Decade. Here's What Trump Should Know About Handling Him," 12 July 2018 None of the participants had a prior history of diabetes and researchers set controls for factors including health behaviors, social and economic circumstances and physical environments. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "Air pollution increases risk for type 2 diabetes, study finds," 12 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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