avoiding waste or extravagance; thrifty: an economical meal; an economical use of interior space.
- non·e·co·nom·i·cal, adjective
- non·e·co·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb
- pre·ec·o·nom·i·cal, adjective
- pre·ec·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb
- pseu·do·ec·o·nom·i·cal, adjective
- pseu·do·ec·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb
- qua·si-ec·o·nom·i·cal, adjective
- qua·si-ec·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·ec·o·nom·i·cal, adjective
- un·ec·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use economical in a sentence
Clearly, they believe they’ve solved the problem in a way that’s useful and economical.The Trillion-Transistor Chip That Just Left a Supercomputer in the Dust | Jason Dorrier | November 22, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The world of work has been undergoing change for years, driven by technological, economical, and societal factors.How we can collaborate to empower the future workforce | matthewheimer | October 26, 2020 | Fortune
Replacing the parts wouldn’t be economical—one estimate priced it at more than $800 million.Finding homes for the waste that will (probably) outlive humanity | Katie McLean | October 21, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
With only four colors of ink, it won’t deliver high-quality photo prints like some other printers, but for a home or office, it’s a sharp, fast, economical, and environmentally-friendly tool.Home and office products that make sure-fire gifts | PopSci Commerce Team | October 8, 2020 | Popular-Science
They sent one-minute video clips of five different runners to 121 coaches ranging from high school to international level, and asked them to rank the runners from most economical to least economical.
In the cemetery fronting the chapel, the surrounding fortification offers temporary and economical burial vaults.
Sometimes opportunistic, sometimes economical, sometimes simply random and seemingly for no reason at all.
It was an understated, economical choice at the culmination of a campaign that, for the first lady, has been about just that.Michelle Obama’s Signs of Fashion Restraint on Election Night | Isabel Wilkinson | November 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Peter Beinart on the two economical phrases Obama must utter.Obama’s Democratic Convention Speech: Explain the Financial Crisis | Peter Beinart | September 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Both Democrats and Republicans must think harder about how to provide better and more economical care to dual-eligibles.It Isn’t Just Medicare: Don’t Forget Paul Ryan’s Vision for Medicaid | Harold Pollack | August 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
She is tidy enough, but very thriftless—mean, without the power of being economical.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
The collection and application of taxes and revenues will be put on a sound and honest economical basis.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Many, well qualified to judge, were satisfied that it would prove more economical than steam locomotion.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Other entertainments may be given upon economical principles, but a ball cannot.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
By an economical use of time, one may gain a fair idea of Oxford in a few hours.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
British Dictionary definitions for economical
using the minimum required; not wasteful of time, effort, resources, etc: an economical car; an economical style
frugal; thrifty: she was economical by nature
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