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[ek-uh-nom-ik, ee-kuh-]
  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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Examples from the Web for non-economic

Contemporary Examples of non-economic

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


  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 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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