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economical

[ek-uh-nom-i-kuh l, ee-kuh-]
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adjective
  1. avoiding waste or extravagance; thrifty: an economical meal; an economical use of interior space.
  2. economic.

Origin of economical

First recorded in 1570–80; economic + -al1
Related formsnon·e·co·nom·i·cal, adjectivenon·e·co·nom·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·ec·o·nom·i·cal, adjectivepre·ec·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·ec·o·nom·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·ec·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-ec·o·nom·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-ec·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverbun·ec·o·nom·i·cal, adjectiveun·ec·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. saving, provident, sparing, parsimonious. Economical, thrifty, frugal imply careful and saving use of resources. Economical implies prudent planning in the disposition of resources so as to avoid unnecessary waste or expense: economical in budgeting household expenditures. Thrifty is a stronger word than economical, and adds to it the idea of industry and successful management: a thrifty shopper looking for bargains. Frugal emphasizes being saving, sometimes excessively saving, especially in such matters as food or dress: frugal almost to the point of being stingy.

Antonyms

1. wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, prodigal, profligate.
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Examples from the Web for uneconomical

Historical Examples

  • How inefficient and uneconomical our schools, because we cannot fully answer them!

    The Science of Human Nature

    William Henry Pyle

  • The advent of incandescent lamps of higher efficiency has made it uneconomical to use carbon lamps for general lighting purposes.

    Artificial Light

    M. Luckiesh

  • Thirdly, it is uneconomical, in taking up valuable room that can be better appropriated.

    Rural Architecture

    Lewis Falley Allen

  • To leave so powerful and profitable a calling in the hands of foreigners seemed both dangerous and uneconomical.

  • This method of cane culture is, however, most uneconomical, since the soil in time will certainly become exhausted.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5

    Willis Fletcher Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for uneconomical

uneconomical

adjective
  1. not economical; wasteful

economical

adjective
  1. using the minimum required; not wasteful of time, effort, resources, etcan economical car; an economical style
  2. frugal; thriftyshe was economical by nature
  3. a variant of economic (def. 1), economic (def. 2), economic (def. 3), economic (def. 4)
  4. euphemistic deliberately withholding information (esp in the phrase economical with the truth)
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Word Origin and History for uneconomical

economical

adj.

1570s, "pertaining to household management; from economic + -al (1). Meaning "pertaining to political economy" is from 1781; that of "thrifty" is from 1780. Related: Economically.

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