economic

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


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 uneconomic

Historical Examples of uneconomic

  • They might not have been sinful, but they were not literary and they were uneconomic.

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • All this habit of destructiveness is uneconomic in the best sense, unsocial, unmoral.

    The Holy Earth

    L. H. Bailey

  • Of modern postage rates very few are constructed on this principle, and to that extent they are uneconomic.

  • Beyond that limit all that he earns is sheer waste, and uneconomic remuneration which evokes no further effort.

  • Given by another man this explanation would be uneconomic, but from him it was so logical that even a child could comprehend it.



British Dictionary definitions for uneconomic

uneconomic

adjective

not economic; not profitable

economic

adjective

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 uneconomic

economic

adj.

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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