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Definition of economics

1a : a social science concerned chiefly with description and analysis of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services
b : economic theory, principles, or practices sound economics
2 : economic aspect or significance the economics of building a new stadium
3 : economic conditions current economics

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First Known Use of economics

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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18 Sep 2020

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“Economics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of economics

: a science concerned with the process or system by which goods and services are produced, sold, and bought
: the part of something that relates to money


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eco·​nom·​ics | \ ˌe-kə-ˈnä-miks How to pronounce economics (audio) , ˌē- \

Kids Definition of economics

: the science concerned with the making, selling, and using of goods and services
Hint: Economics can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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