Definition of economic in English:


Line breaks: eco|nom¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk
, ɛk-/


  • 1Relating to economics or the economy: the government’s economic policy
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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.


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.

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