1Giving good value or service in relation to the amount of money, time, or effort spent: a small, economical car
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- This map would promote a coherent, efficient, and economical wargaming effort.
- On more economical cars like yours the fuel savings are less attractive, although a London driver would no doubt be particularly attracted by the congestion charge exemption.
- I am considerate, drive to the speed limit and also drive a car that's more economical than my old one.
1.1(Of a person or lifestyle) careful not to waste money or resources.
- From the 1950s to 1960s, he was renowned for his economical lifestyle.
- And it is time that we all realise that governments only have limited powers to change and influence while economical actors are the leaders of change.
- In a quest to find the most economical driver, local dignitaries and motor industry figures teamed up for the marathon, hoping to learn a little about making their fuel go further.
See economic (usage).
be economical with the truth
- euphemistic Lie or deliberately withhold information.Mid 19th century: popularized by a statement given in evidence by Sir Robert Armstrong, British cabinet secretary, in the “Spycatcher” trial (1986), conducted to prevent publication of a book by a former MI5 employeeExample sentences
- At best, voters think the government was economical with the truth, at worst they believe it deliberately lied.
- There has never been, and there will never be, any attempt either to hide or to be economical with the truth.
- However, after last Tuesday's reshuffle, we can only assume that the First Minister's pronouncements - to us, to others, on the record and on camera - were a case of his being economical with the truth.
Words that rhyme with economicalagronomical, anatomical, astronomical, comical, gastronomical, physiognomical
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