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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

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.

Examples of economical in a Sentence

an economical way to heat your house a practical and economical solution to the problem

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First Known Use of economical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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English Language Learners Definition of economical

: using money, resources, etc., carefully

—used to describe a product that is not expensive to own and use


eco·nom·i·cal | \ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mi-kəl, 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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