[ ek-uh-nom-ik, ee-kuh- ]
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  1. pertaining to the production, distribution, and use of income, wealth, and commodities.

  2. of or relating to the science of economics.

  1. pertaining to an economy, or system of organization or operation, especially of the process of production.

  2. involving or pertaining to one's personal resources of money: to give up a large house for economic reasons.

  3. pertaining to use as a resource in the economy: economic entomology; economic botany.

  4. affecting or apt to affect the welfare of material resources: weevils and other economic pests.

Origin of economic

First recorded in 1585–95; from Middle French economique, from Latin oeconomicus, from Greek oikonomikós “relating to household management,” equivalent to oikonóm(os) “steward” (from oîko(s) “house” + nómos “manager”) + -ikos -ic

Other words from economic

  • an·ti·ec·o·nom·ic, adjective
  • non·e·co·nom·ic, adjective
  • pre·ec·o·nom·ic, adjective
  • qua·si-ec·o·nom·ic, adjective
  • sub·ec·o·nom·ic, adjective
  • un·ec·o·nom·ic, adjective

Words Nearby economic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use economic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for economic


/ (ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk, ˌɛkə-) /

  1. of or relating to an economy, economics, or finance: economic development; economic theories

  2. British capable of being produced, operated, etc, for profit; profitable: the firm is barely economic

  1. concerning or affecting material resources or welfare: economic pests

  2. concerned with or relating to the necessities of life; utilitarian

  3. a variant of economical

  4. informal inexpensive; cheap

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