Definition of economic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌekəˈnämik/
Pronunciation: /ˌēkəˈnämik/


1Relating to economics or the economy: the government’s economic policy pest species of great economic importance
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  • Negotiations have been complicated by court rulings over economic policy.
  • The two political leaders conduct their argument on the margins of economic policy.
  • Getting the public finances back into balance must be a key objective of economic policy.
1.1(Of a subject) considered in relation to trade, industry, and the creation of wealth: economic history
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  • Economics and lessons from economic history suggest that this may well be the case.
  • This book can be used with profit to grasp the essentials of British financial and economic history in these years.
  • Ethnic relations in Saint Lucia are a product of the economic history of the island.
financial, monetary, budgetary, fiscal;
2Justified in terms of profitability: many organizations must become larger if they are to remain economic
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  • The recipe of conditions that will make collaboration economic must have not yet come together.
  • It is, of course, part of the problem that we do not have an economic immigration policy.
2.1Requiring fewer resources or costing less money: solar power may provide a more economic solution
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  • Many car parks are going because high land prices make building flats more economic.
cheap, inexpensive, low-cost, economical, cut-rate, discount, bargain


Economic means ‘concerning economics’: he’s rebuilding a solid economic base for the country’s future. Economical is commonly used to mean ‘thrifty, avoiding waste’: small cars should be inexpensive to buy and economical to run.


Late Middle English: via Old French and Latin from Greek oikonomikos, from oikonomia (see economy). Originally a noun, the word denoted household management or a person skilled in this, hence the early sense of the adjective (late 16th century) 'relating to household management' Modern senses date from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with economic

agronomic, astronomic, atomic, comic, ergonomic, gastronomic, metronomic, palindromic, physiognomic, subatomic, taxonomic, tragicomic

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Syllabification: ec·o·nom·ic

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