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[ek-uh-nom-ik, ee-kuh-] /ˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪk, ˌi kə-/
pertaining to the production, distribution, and use of income, wealth, and commodities.
of or relating to the science of economics.
pertaining to an economy, or system of organization or operation, especially of the process of production.
involving or pertaining to one's personal resources of money:
to give up a large house for economic reasons.
pertaining to use as a resource in the economy:
economic entomology; economic botany.
affecting or apt to affect the welfare of material resources:
weevils and other economic pests.
Origin of economic
1585-95; (< Middle French economique) < Latin oeconomicus < Greek oikonomikós relating to household management, equivalent to oikonóm(os) steward (oîko(s) house + nómos manager) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
antieconomic, adjective
noneconomic, adjective
preeconomic, adjective
quasi-economic, adjective
subeconomic, adjective
uneconomic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for non-economic
Contemporary Examples
  • Hmmm, you'd think Rahm might've raised that earlier, and been more reluctant to bargain over, you know, non-economic issues.

    Did Rahm Blink? Justin Green September 19, 2012
Historical Examples
  • Big logs and stumps are left because the cost of clean clearing is judged to be prohibitive and non-economic.

  • How far do non-economic factors produce effects on the psychical mechanism of the economic agents?

  • The reactions of economic values and economic organization on the non-economic phases of social life.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • We have seen the assumptions of a non-economic sort that are implicit in Wieser's conception of a "natural society."

    Social Value B. M. Anderson
  • Present day discussions of practical economic problems are rich in data of a non-economic sort.

    Social Value B. M. Anderson
  • Indeed, it is through the machinery of distribution that the non-economic values most vitally affect economic values.

    Social Value B. M. Anderson
  • What motive is possible except idealism, love of mankind, non-economic motives of the sort that Bolsheviks decry?

  • Whatever the other non-economic causes of vice, they are aggravated where poverty exists.

British Dictionary definitions for non-economic


/ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk; ˌɛkə-/
of or relating to an economy, economics, or finance: economic development, economic theories
(Brit) capable of being produced, operated, etc, for profit; profitable: the firm is barely economic
concerning or affecting material resources or welfare: economic pests
concerned with or relating to the necessities of life; utilitarian
a variant of economical
(informal) inexpensive; cheap
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Word Origin and History for non-economic



1590s, "pertaining to management of a household," perhaps shortened from economical or from French économique or directly from Latin oeconomicus "of domestic economy," from Greek oikonomikos "practiced in the management of a household or family," hence, "frugal, thrifty," from oikonomia (see economy (n.)). Meaning "relating to the science of economics" is from 1835 and now is the main sense, economical retaining the older one of "characterized by thrift."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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