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ec·o·nom·i·cal

 (ĕk′ə-nŏm′ĭ-kəl, ē′kə-)
adj.
1. Designed or functioning to make effective use of money or effort invested: an economical heating system; an economical approach to control of corporate growth.
2. Prudent and thrifty in management; not wasteful or extravagant. See Synonyms at sparing.
3. Sparing in the amount of items involved to achieve a desired result: an economical writing style; threw an economical 12 pitches in the first inning.

ec′o·nom′i·cal·ly adv.

economical

(ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪkəl; ˌɛkə-)
adj
1. using the minimum required; not wasteful of time, effort, resources, etc: an economical car; an economical style.
2. frugal; thrifty: she was economical by nature.
3. a variant of economic1, economic2, economic3, economic4
4. euphemistic deliberately withholding information (esp in the phrase economical with the truth)

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.
[1570–80]
ec`o•nom′i•cal•ly, adv.
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.
economic, economical - Economic means "pertaining to the production and use of income," and economical is "avoiding waste, being careful of resources."
See also related terms for production.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.economical - 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"
efficient - being effective without wasting time or effort or expense; "an efficient production manager"; "efficient engines save gas"
2.economical - 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 - 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"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
thrifty - careful and diligent in the use of resources

economical

adjective
1. economic, fair, cheap, reasonable, modest, low-priced, inexpensive It is more economical to wash a full load.
economic expensive, unprofitable, exorbitant
3. efficient, sparing, cost-effective, money-saving, time-saving, work-saving, unwasteful the practical, economical virtues of a small hatchback
efficient extravagant, wasteful

economical

adjective
Careful in the use of material resources:
Translations
hospodárnýekonomický
økonomisk
taloudellinenekonominensäästeliäs
ekonomičan
sparsamur
経済的な
경제적인
gospodaren
sparsam
ประหยัด
tiết kiệm

economical

[ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪkəl] ADJ [person, method, car] → económico
it's more economical to have a diesel-engined carresulta más económico tener un coche de gasoil
my car is very economical to runmi coche me sale muy económico
to be economical with the truthno decir toda la verdad, no ser muy pródigo con la verdad

economical

[ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪkəl ˌɛkəˈnɒmɪkəl] adj
[thing] → économique
[person] → économe

economical

adjsparsam, wirtschaftlich; to be economical with somethingmit etw haushalten or Haus halten, mit etw sparsam umgehen; they were economical with the truthsie haben es mit der Wahrheit nicht so genau genommen; an economical style (Liter) → ein prägnanter Stil

economical

[ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪkl] adj (method, appliance, car) → economico/a; (person) → parsimonioso/a, economo/a

economy

(iˈkonəmi) noun
1. the thrifty, careful management of money etc to avoid waste. Please use the water with economy; We must make economies in household spending.
2. organization of money and resources. the country's economy; household economy.
economic (iːkəˈnomik) adjective
1. of or concerned with (an) economy. the country's economic future.
2. likely to bring a profit. an economic rent.
economical (iːkəˈnomikəl) adjective
thrifty; not extravagant. This car is very economical on petrol.
ˌecoˈnomically adverb
economics (iːkəˈnomiks) noun singular
the study of production and distribution of money and goods. He is studying economics.
eˈconomist noun
a person who is an expert in economics.
eˈconomize, eˈconomise verb
to spend money or goods carefully. We must economize on fuel.

economical

مُقْتَصِد hospodárný økonomisk sparsam ανέξοδος económico taloudellinen économique ekonomičan economico 経済的な 경제적인 zuinig sparsommelig oszczędny económico, econômico экономичный sparsam ประหยัด ekonomik tiết kiệm 经济的
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On his long, gaunt body, he carried no spare flesh, no superfluous beard, his chin having a soft, economical nap to it, like the worn nap of his broad-brimmed hat.
This, too, seemed to the newcomers an economical arrangement; for they did not read the newspapers, and their heads were not full of troublesome thoughts about "germs.
This milk was very sweet and good, and a beautiful transparent bluish tint; but in order to get cream from it in the most economical way, a peculiar process was necessary.
She was just, conscientious, economical, industrious; a regular attendant at church and Sunday-school, and a member of the State Missionary and Bible societies, but in the presence of all these chilly virtues you longed for one warm little fault, or lacking that, one likable failing, something to make you sure she was thoroughly alive.
She saw them in an instant in their parsonage-house; saw in Lucy, the active, contriving manager, uniting at once a desire of smart appearance with the utmost frugality, and ashamed to be suspected of half her economical practices;-- pursuing her own interest in every thought, courting the favour of Colonel Brandon, of Mrs.
Dear Papa: Considering that it is more than three years since you paid Madame Smith last, and that then her bill, which included my court dress, was only L150, I cannot see how I could possibly have been more economical, unless you expect me to go in rags.
Being an economical Vermonter, Barrett went to work in a little wooden shed in the backyard of a Brooklyn foundry.
That is the truth, senor," said one of the twelve; "we have not the money to get ourselves shaved, and so we have, some of us, taken to using sticking-plasters by way of an economical remedy, for by applying them to our faces and plucking them off with a jerk we are left as bare and smooth as the bottom of a stone mortar.
This practice in the course of the late war, was found replete with obstructions to a vigorous and to an economical system of defense.
Into their place stepped free competition, accompanied by a social and political constitution adapted to it, and by the economical and political sway of the bourgeois class.
Or--a more convenient, economical, and consequently more probable alternative-- would he be satisfied to rise and take breath at the surface of the water, like a whale, and so renew for twenty-four hours the atmospheric provision?
He was so exact that he was never in a hurry, was always ready, and was economical alike of his steps and his motions.

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