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

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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As so many before and after him, Frank failed to find a reliable and economical method of fungiculture. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 The more economical route would be buying the best synthetic blonde wig within your budget. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "The DIY Guide to Being Harley Quinn This Halloween," 10 Aug. 2016 Frozen spinach is also a more economical option, as one small box of the stuff probably contains about three to four times as much what's in a bag of fresh spinach. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Throw Together a Delicious Soup With Whatever You Have in Your Pantry," 20 Mar. 2019 One reason is that PGPs typically build their own facilities and recruit their own doctors to train them in their more economical style of care, all of which takes time and capital. Alain Enthoven, WSJ, "A Better Choice for Employee Health Care," 22 Nov. 2018 Mulch Lawn Clippings Bagging your lawn clippings may result in a cleaner lawn, but mulching is the more economical and healthier way to treat your lawn. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "8 Next-Level Lawn Care Tips," 26 July 2018 The economical, smooth effort will most likely allow the Yankees to bring Severino back on four days’ rest to pitch against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. New York Times, "The Yankees Find Reasons to Smile, Even Beyond Getting a Win," 26 June 2018 According to the new policy: Travel should only be requested when a more economical alternative to travel is unavailable (e.g., conference calls, overnight mail, VoIP, teleconferencing, etc.). Karen Farkas,, "Cuyahoga County's proposed travel policy adds more oversight and restrictions," 26 Mar. 2018 The Hyundai Elantra, introduced in 1992, is a compact sedan for buyers looking for an economical but stylish mode of transportation. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s Elantra compact sedan returns for 2018 with prices from $16,950-$22,100 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 31 Mar. 2018

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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 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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