[ek-uh-nom-i-kuhl, ee-kuh-]
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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

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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.

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  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 economical

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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