economic

[ek-uh-nom-ik, ee-kuh-]
adjective
1.
pertaining to the production, distribution, and use of income, wealth, and commodities.
2.
of or pertaining 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.

Origin:
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

antieconomic, adjective
noneconomic, adjective
preeconomic, adjective
quasi-economic, adjective
subeconomic, adjective
uneconomic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To economic
Collins
World English Dictionary
economic (ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk, ˌɛkə-)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to an economy, economics, or finance: economic development; economic theories
2.  (Brit) capable of being produced, operated, etc, for profit; profitable: the firm is barely economic
3.  concerning or affecting material resources or welfare: economic pests
4.  concerned with or relating to the necessities of life; utilitarian
5.  a variant of economical
6.  informal inexpensive; cheap

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

economic
1590s, "pertaining to management of a household," from L. oeconomicus, from Gk. oikonomikos (see economy). 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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
For colleges the past year's global economic crisis was much bigger-and
  wetter-than your typical financial downturn.
For many economists, small business lending is the safest gauge of the economic
  recovery's strength.
We have the highest economic growth of any of the world's major industrialized
  nations.
The present economic mess may be the result of changes made since the 1980s.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;