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Economica. [F. économique, L. oeconomicus orderly, methodical, Gr. economical. See Economy.].
  •  Pertaining to the household; domestic.  Milton.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Relating to domestic economy, or to the management of household affairs.  [1913 Webster]
    "And doth employ her economic art
    And busy care, her household to preserve.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Managing with frugality; guarding against waste or unnecessary expense; careful and frugal in management and in expenditure; -- said of character or habits.  [1913 Webster]
    "Just rich enough, with economic care,
    To save a pittance.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Managed with frugality; not marked with waste or extravagance; using the minimum of time or effort or resources required for effectiveness; frugal; -- said of acts; saving; as, an economical use of money or of time; an economic use of home heating oil.  [1913 Webster]
  •  of or pertaining to the national or regional economy; relating to political economy; relating to the means of living, or the resources and wealth of a country; relating to the production or consumption of goods and services of a nation or region; as, economic growth; economic purposes; economical truths; an economic downturn.  [1913 Webster]
    "These matters economical and political."  [1913 Webster]
    "There was no economical distress in England to prompt the enterprises of colonization."  [1913 Webster]
    "Economic questions, such as money, usury, taxes, lands, and the employment of the people."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Regulative; relating to the adaptation of means to an end.  Grew.  [1913 Webster]
  •  of or pertaining to economics.  [WordNet 1.5]
  •  profitable. Opposite of uneconomic.  [WordNet 1.5]
  •  avoiding waste; as, an economical meal. Opposite of wasteful.  [WordNet 1.5]
    " Economical is the usual form when meaning frugal, saving; economic is the form commonly used when meaning pertaining to the management of a household, or of public affairs."  [1913 Webster]


Economic, adj.
1 of or relating to economics.
2 maintained for profit; on a business footing.
3 adequate to repay or recoup expenditure with some profit (not economic to run buses on Sunday; an economic rent).
4 practical; considered or studied with regard to human needs (economic geography).

economically adv.
ME f. OF economique or L oeconomicus f. Gk oikonomikos (as ECONOMY)



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