economical

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adjective eco·nom·i·cal \ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mi-kəl, ˌē-kə-\

Definition of economical

  1. 1 archaic :  economic 1

  2. 2 :  marked by careful, efficient, and prudent use of resources :  thrifty an economical shopper

  3. 3 :  operating with little waste or at a saving an economical car

Examples of economical in a Sentence

  1. an economical way to heat your house

  2. a practical and economical solution to the problem

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First Known Use of economical

15th century

Synonym Discussion of economical

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 Defined for English Language Learners

economical

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Definition of economical for English Language Learners

  • : using money, resources, etc., carefully

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


ECONOMICAL Defined for Kids

economical

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adjective eco·nom·i·cal \ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mi-kəl, ˌē-\

Definition of economical for Students

  1. 1 :  using what is available carefully and without waste :  frugal economical cooking

  2. 2 :  operating with little waste an economical car

economically

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