economical

economical ADJECTIVE 1) giving good value or return in relation to the resources used or money spent. 2) sparing in the use of resources or money.
economical with the truth — Cf. ↑economical with the truth
DERIVATIVES economically adverb.

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  • economical — ec‧o‧nom‧i‧cal [ˌekəˈnɒmɪkl, ˌiː ǁ ˈnɑː ] adjective using time, money, goods etc carefully and without wasting any: • Adults generally watch a movie on video once or twice, making it more economical to rent than buy. • Environmentalists insist… …   Financial and business terms

  • economical — [ē΄kə näm′i kəl, ek΄ə näm′i kəl] adj. 1. not wasting money, time, fuel, etc.; thrifty [an economical person, an economical stove] 2. expressed or done with economy, as by using few words [an economical style] 3. of economics; economic SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • economical — [adj1] conservative with resources; careful avaricious, canny, chary, circumspect, close, closefisted, cost effective, curmudgeonly, efficient, frugal, meager, mean, methodical, miserly, money saving, niggardly*, on the rims*, parsimonious, penny …   New thesaurus

  • economical — I adjective attentus, avoiding extravagance, careful, chary of expense, cheap, cost reducing, diligens, economizing, efficient, financially prudent, forehanded, free from waste, frugal, frugi, inexpensive, labor saving, money conscious, money… …   Law dictionary

  • economical — 1570s, pertaining to household management; from ECONOMIC (Cf. economic) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Meaning pertaining to political economy is from 1781; that of thrifty is from 1780. Related: Economically …   Etymology dictionary

  • economical — frugal, thrifty, *sparing Analogous words: prudent, provident (see under PRUDENCE): close, cheeseparing, parsimonious, penurious (see STINGY) Antonyms: extravagant Contrasted words: lavish, prodigal, exuberant, *profuse …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • economical */ — UK [ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk(ə)l] / UK [ˌekəˈnɒmɪk(ə)l] / US [ˌɪkəˈnɑmɪk(ə)l] / US [ˌekəˈnɑmɪk(ə)l] adjective Get it right: economical: People often confuse economic and economical. Use economical to describe methods, products, machines etc that are not… …   English dictionary

  • economical — ec|o|nom|i|cal [ ,ikə namıkl, ,ekə namıkl ] adjective * 1. ) not spending or costing much money: It would be more economical to switch the machine off at night. the most economical way to run your new business a ) used about something that is not …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Economical — Economic E co*nom ic (?; 277), Economical E co*nom ic*al, a. [F. [ e]conomique, L. oeconomicus orderly, methodical, Gr. ? economical. See {Economy}.] 1. Pertaining to the household; domestic. In this economical misfortune [of ill assorted… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • economical — [[t]i͟ːkənɒ̱mɪk(ə)l, e̱k [/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ to inf, it v link ADJ to inf Something that is economical does not require a lot of money to operate. For example a car that only uses a small amount of petrol is economical. ...plans to trade …   English dictionary

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