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[ek-uh-nom-ik, ee-kuh-] /ˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪk, ˌi kə-/
pertaining to the production, distribution, and use of income, wealth, and commodities.
of or relating to the science of economics.
pertaining to an economy, or system of organization or operation, especially of the process of production.
involving or pertaining to one's personal resources of money:
to give up a large house for economic reasons.
pertaining to use as a resource in the economy:
economic entomology; economic botany.
affecting or apt to affect the welfare of material resources:
weevils and other economic pests.
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 forms
antieconomic, adjective
noneconomic, adjective
preeconomic, adjective
quasi-economic, adjective
subeconomic, adjective
uneconomic, adjective Unabridged
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  • There was a shrinking from the economic hardships that war would entail.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • Lastly, it does not run counter to man's economic laws; it only uses and transcends them.

  • In 1971 economic officials considered important aspects of the economic organization to be still in an experimental stage.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • economic justice must and will become an accomplished fact: that we know.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • In the field of economic phenomena we perceive a series of events uniformly serving our interests and call that uniformity a law.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
British Dictionary definitions for economic


/ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk; ˌɛkə-/
of or relating to an economy, economics, or finance: economic development, economic theories
(Brit) capable of being produced, operated, etc, for profit; profitable: the firm is barely economic
concerning or affecting material resources or welfare: economic 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 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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