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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 uneconomic
Historical Examples
  • All this habit of destructiveness is uneconomic in the best sense, unsocial, unmoral.

    The Holy Earth L. H. Bailey
  • They might not have been sinful, but they were not literary and they were uneconomic.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • For political reasons and because of general shortages the closing of uneconomic enterprises was not considered feasible.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Beyond that limit all that he earns is sheer waste, and uneconomic remuneration which evokes no further effort.

  • Announcements of this kind may be classified, it seems to me, as economic, uneconomic and illegitimate.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
  • We see that slavery was unjust, uneconomic, and the worst training for citizenship in such a government as ours.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • A great volume of uneconomic and wasteful transportation has attended, and the cost increased accordingly.

  • This is only possible at the most uneconomic position of the valve as regards cut off.

  • Such a form of benevolence is a mistaken, uneconomic attempt to provide labor for one man by taking it from another.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • Ugliness is the aesthetic, or theoretical aspect of sin; in its practical aspect sin is uneconomic, un-moral.

    Beauty and the Beast Stewart A. McDowall
British Dictionary definitions for uneconomic


/ˌʌniːkəˈnɒmɪk; ˌʌnɛkə-/
not economic; not profitable


/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 uneconomic



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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