[ek-uh-nom-ik, ee-kuh-]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for economic

Contemporary Examples of economic

  • In a remote location with little means for economic development, the Brogpas have cultivating this identity to their advantage.

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    The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans

    Nina Strochlic

    January 3, 2015

  • And black fury toward cops today is fueled by historic economic disparities and by the economic disaster of the past decade plus.

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    No Gods, No Cops, No Masters

    James Poulos

    January 1, 2015

  • Texas has also started to become an engine of economic growth.

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    Will Texas Stay Texan?

    David Fontana

    December 29, 2014

  • Turkey has had more than a decade of economic boom, and is now the sixth-most-visited tourist destination in the world.

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    The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman

    Christina Asquith

    December 22, 2014

  • Isaacs grew up in Britain, first Liverpool, then London, during a period of economic turmoil and conservative revival.

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    After The Fall: Introducing The Anti-Villain

    Rich Goldstein

    December 21, 2014

Historical Examples of economic

  • 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?


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

British Dictionary definitions for economic



of or relating to an economy, economics, or financeeconomic development; economic theories
British capable of being produced, operated, etc, for profit; profitablethe firm is barely economic
concerning or affecting material resources or welfareeconomic 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 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