Definitions for economicalˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪ kəl, ˌi kə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ec•o•nom•i•cal*ˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪ kəl, ˌi kə-(adj.)

  1. avoiding waste or extravagance; involving the efficient use of wealth or resources

    an economical use of space.

  2. economic; pertaining to economics.

* Syn: economical , thrifty , frugal imply careful and efficient use of resources. economical implies prudent planning in the disposition of resources so as to avoid unnecessary waste or expense: It is economical to buy in large quantities. thrifty adds the idea of industry and successful management: a thrifty shopper looking for bargains. frugal suggests saving by denying oneself luxuries: so frugal that he never takes taxis.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. economic, economical(adj)

    using the minimum of time or resources necessary for effectiveness

    "an economic use of home heating oil"; "a modern economical heating system"; "an economical use of her time"

  2. economic, economical(adj)

    of or relating to an economy, the system of production and management of material wealth

    "economic growth"; "aspects of social, political, and economical life"

  3. economical, frugal, scotch, sparing, stinting(adj)

    avoiding waste

    "an economical meal"; "an economical shopper"; "a frugal farmer"; "a frugal lunch"; "a sparing father and a spending son"; "sparing in their use of heat and light"; "stinting in bestowing gifts"; "thrifty because they remember the great Depression"; "`scotch' is used only informally"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. economical(adjective)ˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪ kəl, ˌi kə-

    giving good value for the money spent

    cheap, economical recipes; the world's most economical car

  2. economicalˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪ kəl, ˌi kə-

    careful not to spend a lot of money

    Try to be economical.; a policy that makes sense economically


  1. economical(Adjective)

    Careful with money so as not to spend too much; prudent; thrifty.

  2. economical(Adjective)

    Relating to economy in any other sense.

  3. Origin: From economic + -al

Webster Dictionary

  1. Economical(adj)

    pertaining to the household; domestic

  2. Economical(adj)

    relating to domestic economy, or to the management of household affairs

  3. Economical(adj)

    managing with frugality; guarding against waste or unnecessary expense; careful and frugal in management and in expenditure; -- said of character or habits

  4. Economical(adj)

    managed with frugality; not marked with waste or extravagance; frugal; -- said of acts; saving; as, an economical use of money or of time

  5. Economical(adj)

    relating to the means of living, or the resources and wealth of a country; relating to political economy; as, economic purposes; economical truths

  6. Economical(adj)

    regulative; relating to the adaptation of means to an end

Translations for economical

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


thrifty; not extravagant

This car is very economical on petrol.

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