[ek-uh-nom-ik, ee-kuh-] /ˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪk, ˌi kə-/

pertaining to the production, distribution, and use of income, wealth, and commodities.
of or relating to the science of .
pertaining to an , or system of organization or operation, especially of the process of production.
involving or pertaining to one’s personal resources of money:
to give up a large house for economic reasons.
pertaining to use as a resource in the :
economic entomology; economic botany.
affecting or apt to affect the welfare of material resources:
weevils and other economic pests.
/ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk; ˌɛkə-/
of or relating to an economy, economics, or finance: economic development, economic theories
(Brit) capable of being produced, operated, etc, for profit; profitable: the firm is barely economic
concerning or affecting material resources or welfare: economic pests
concerned with or relating to the necessities of life; utilitarian
a variant of economical
(informal) inexpensive; cheap

1590s, “pertaining to management of a household,” perhaps shortened from economical or from French économique or directly from Latin oeconomicus “of domestic economy,” from Greek oikonomikos “practiced in the management of a household or family,” hence, “frugal, thrifty,” from oikonomia (see economy (n.)). Meaning “relating to the science of economics” is from 1835 and now is the main sense, economical retaining the older one of “characterized by thrift.”


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