[ek-uh-nom-i-kuhl, ee-kuh-]
avoiding waste or extravagance; thrifty: an economical meal; an economical use of interior space.

1570–80; economic + -al1

noneconomical, adjective
noneconomically, adverb
preeconomical, adjective
preeconomically, adverb
pseudoeconomical, adjective
pseudoeconomically, adverb
quasi-economical, adjective
quasi-economically, adverb
uneconomical, adjective
uneconomically, adverb

1. saving, provident, sparing, parsimonious. Economical, thrifty, frugal imply careful and saving use of resources. Economical implies prudent planning in the disposition of resources so as to avoid unnecessary waste or expense: economical in budgeting household expenditures. Thrifty is a stronger word than economical, and adds to it the idea of industry and successful management: a thrifty shopper looking for bargains. Frugal emphasizes being saving, sometimes excessively saving, especially in such matters as food or dress: frugal almost to the point of being stingy.

1. wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, prodigal, profligate.
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economical (ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪkəl, ˌɛkə-)
1.  using the minimum required; not wasteful of time, effort, resources, etc: an economical car; an economical style
2.  frugal; thrifty: she was economical by nature
3.  economic economic economic a variant of economic
4.  euphemistic deliberately withholding information (esp in the phrase economical with the truth)

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Word Origin & History

1570s, "pertaining to household management; from economic + -al. Meaning "pertaining to political economy" is from 1781; that of "thrifty" is from 1780. Related: Economically.
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