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economics

[ek-uh-nom-iks, ee-kuh-] /ˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪks, ˌi kə-/
noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) the science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, or the material welfare of humankind.
2.
(used with a plural verb) financial considerations; economically significant aspects:
What are the economics of such a project?
Origin of economics
1785-1795
1785-95; see economic, -ics
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  • It was at Holbach's that Shelburne met Morellet with whom he carried on a long and serious correspondence on economics.

    Baron d'Holbach Max Pearson Cushing
  • economics are stubborn things and cannot be successfully dealt with emotionally.

    War Taxation Otto H. Kahn
  • Freehold Villas symbolized the final triumph of Victorian economics, the apotheosis of the prudent and industrious artisan.

    Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett
  • Their economics were yet at the stage of scratching the earth and feeding the pigs.

  • Following up this line of thought he became interested in economics and labour questions.

    A Girl Among the Anarchists Isabel Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for economics

economics

/ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪks; ˌɛkə-/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the social science concerned with the production and consumption of goods and services and the analysis of the commercial activities of a society See also macroeconomics, microeconomics
2.
(functioning as pl) financial aspects: the economics of the project are very doubtful
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Word Origin and History for economics
n.

1580s, "art of managing a household," perhaps from French économique (see economic); also see -ics. Meaning "science of wealth" is from 1792.

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economics in Culture

economics definition


The science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of commodities.

Note: Economics is generally understood to concern behavior that, given the scarcity of means, arises to achieve certain ends. When scarcity ceases, conventional economic theory may no longer be applicable. (See affluent society.)
Note: Economics is sometimes referred to as the “dismal science.”
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