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Syllabification: ec·o·nom·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌekəˈnämik
, ˌēkəˈnämik

Definition of economic in English:


1Of or relating 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.
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


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.


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

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