Definition of economical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌekəˈnämik(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ˌēkəˈnämik(ə)l/


1Giving good value or service in relation to the amount of money, time, or effort spent: a small, economical car
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
thrifty, provident, prudent, sensible, frugal, sparing, abstemious;
1.2Using no more of something than is necessary: this chassis is economical in metal and therefore light in weight
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  • Somewhat surprisingly, standard 118 bhp models are very economical with fuel.


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 employee
Example 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 economical

agronomical, anatomical, astronomical, comical, gastronomical, physiognomical

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Syllabification: ec·o·nom·i·cal

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