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[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.
  3. pertaining to an economy, or system of organization or operation, especially of the process of production.
  4. involving or pertaining to one's personal resources of money: to give up a large house for economic reasons.
  5. pertaining to use as a resource in the economy: economic entomology; economic botany.
  6. affecting or apt to affect the welfare of material resources: weevils and other economic pests.
  7. economical.
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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 formsan·ti·ec·o·nom·ic, adjectivenon·e·co·nom·ic, adjectivepre·ec·o·nom·ic, adjectivequa·si-ec·o·nom·ic, adjectivesub·ec·o·nom·ic, adjectiveun·ec·o·nom·ic, adjective
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  • There may be instances in history of economic cures for economic ills; but I think they are few.

  • Lastly, it does not run counter to man's economic laws; it only uses and transcends them.

  • Economic justice must and will become an accomplished fact: that we know.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • What would have become of economic justice if any one of these possibilities had occurred?


    Theodor Hertzka

  • They saw in the rebellion a chance to improve their economic position.

British Dictionary definitions for economic


  1. of or relating to an economy, economics, or financeeconomic development; economic theories
  2. British capable of being produced, operated, etc, for profit; profitablethe firm is barely economic
  3. concerning or affecting material resources or welfareeconomic pests
  4. concerned with or relating to the necessities of life; utilitarian
  5. a variant of economical
  6. informal inexpensive; cheap
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Word Origin and History for 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."

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