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[ek-uh-nom-i-kuh l, ee-kuh-] /ˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪ kəl, ˌi kə-/

avoiding waste or extravagance; thrifty:
an economical meal; an economical use of interior space.
/ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪkəl; ˌɛkə-/
using the minimum required; not wasteful of time, effort, resources, etc: an economical car, an economical style
frugal; thrifty: she was economical by nature
a variant of economic (sense 1), economic (sense 2), economic (sense 3), economic (sense 4)
(euphemistic) deliberately withholding information (esp in the phrase economical with the truth)

1570s, “pertaining to household management; from economic + -al (1). Meaning “pertaining to political economy” is from 1781; that of “thrifty” is from 1780. Related: Economically.


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