eco·​nom·​i·​cal·​ly | \ ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mi-k(ə-)lē, ˌē-kə-\

Definition of economically

: in an economic or economical manner

Examples of economically in a Sentence

a way to economically heat your house She writes simply and economically.

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Kerry, 75, clearly has experience in diplomacy that could be relevant in an uncertain world where China and Russia are angling to overtake America economically, militarily, or both. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 But not all children who live in homes where food insecurity and financial instability are problems qualify for such lunches, as their parents or guardians might still bring in too much money to be classified as economically disadvantaged. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt," 27 Dec. 2018 His other space company, Virgin Orbit, is taking the air-launch concept and applying it to something more important and economically stable than putting Leonardo DiCaprio into suborbital space. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point," 13 Dec. 2018 Especially because so many Americans don't possess much, economically—a look at Donald Trump and his particularly grabby White House associates provides an extreme version our exploitative 1 percent. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Delaware Democratic Senate Hopeful Kerri Harris Is a Queer Woman of Color Who Wants Politicians With "Diversity of Experience"," 29 Aug. 2018 Not only that, but students at an economically disadvantaged high school also had higher grades and fewer absences after the start time changed. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why we might want the school day to start later," 12 Dec. 2018 But the Washington Post reported that people at meeting said Trump talked of wanting more immigrants from counties like Norway, and that more immigrants from Asia could also help this country economically. Stephen Koff,, "If you hate chain migration like Trump does, blame a Cleveland-area congressman," 19 Jan. 2018 So households with children tend to find themselves economically struggling disproportionately often. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Kamala Harris’s new basic income-style bill is so frustratingly close to being great," 19 Oct. 2018 Such a move would be at odds with the apparent motives of the Department of Energy, which has spent more than a year trying to find ways to keep economically struggling coal and nuclear plants in operation. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "US considers tariffs on uranium imports," 22 July 2018

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1603, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of economically

: in a way that relates to an economy

: in an economical way

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to gather or build up little by little

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