[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 non-economic

Contemporary Examples of non-economic

  • Hmmm, you'd think Rahm might've raised that earlier, and been more reluctant to bargain over, you know, non-economic issues.

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    Did Rahm Blink?

    Justin Green

    September 19, 2012

Historical Examples of non-economic

  • Big logs and stumps are left because the cost of clean clearing is judged to be prohibitive and non-economic.

  • How far do non-economic factors produce effects on the psychical mechanism of the economic agents?

  • The reactions of economic values and economic organization on the non-economic phases of social life.

    The Value of Money

    Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

  • We have seen the assumptions of a non-economic sort that are implicit in Wieser's conception of a "natural society."

    Social Value

    B. M. Anderson

  • Present day discussions of practical economic problems are rich in data of a non-economic sort.

    Social Value

    B. M. Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for non-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 non-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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