eco·​nom·​i·​cal | \ ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mi-kəl How to pronounce economical (audio) , ˌē-kə- \

Definition of economical

1 : marked by careful, efficient, and prudent use of resources : thrifty an economical shopper
2 : operating with little waste or at a saving an economical car
3 archaic : economic sense 5

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sparing, frugal, thrifty, economical mean careful in the use of one's money or resources. sparing stresses abstention and restraint. sparing in the offering of advice frugal implies absence of luxury and simplicity of lifestyle. ran a frugal household thrifty stresses good management and industry. thrifty use of nonrenewable resources economical stresses prudent management, lack of wastefulness, and use of things to their best advantage. an economical health-care plan

Examples of economical in a Sentence

an economical way to heat your house a practical and economical solution to the problem
Recent Examples on the Web People who’ve worked with this brine have long known about its contents, but there’s no use for loads of undifferentiated minerals and selectively extracting them wasn’t economical. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 11 May 2022 For screening to reduce morbidity and be economical, the test accuracy threshold may be far from 100%. Yair Paska, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Zaletel said apartments would help relieve the city’s housing crunch, if such a conversion is economical. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Apr. 2022 The words were economical, but the window into Mann’s world felt expansive. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Vegetarian diets are also more economical, with cost savings ranging from 17% to 34%. Jennifer Chesak, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Apr. 2022 As a result, winterization is economical under almost every circumstance. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 In the past, shipping electricity many hundreds of miles over conventional alternating-current lines wasn’t economical because of power losses that mounted rapidly the longer the distance. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 Jane Campion are both very strong candidates; Kenneth just told his story in a more economical way. The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of economical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Economical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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eco·​nom·​i·​cal | \ ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mi-kəl How to pronounce economical (audio) , ˌē- \

Kids Definition of economical

1 : using what is available carefully and without waste : frugal economical cooking
2 : operating with little waste an economical car

Other Words from economical

economically adverb

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economical, thrifty, and sparing mean careful in the use of money or goods. economical means using things in the best possible way without wasting anything. She's an economical cook who feeds us well. thrifty is used when someone manages things well and is industrious. A thrifty shopper can save money. sparing is used when someone spends or uses as little as possible. They are very sparing in giving money to charity.

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