• (RP) IPA: /ˌɛkəˈnɒmɪkəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌɛkəˈnɑmɪkəl/


  1. Careful with money so as not to spend too much; prudent; thrifty.
    He was an economical person by nature.
  2. Saving money or resources.
    The new, eco-friendly bicycle was an economical purchase.
  3. (dated) Relating to economy in any other sense.
    • 1922, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Capital and Interest: A Critical History of Economical Theory, page 218 ↗:
      By Use, then, in the sense given it by the Say-Hermann school, we have to think of an objective useful element which proceeds from goods, and acquires independent economical existence as well as independent economical value.
    • 2007, Who's Who in the Arab World, page 312 ↗:
      Doctor in Economical Sciences.
    • 2010, New Techniques and Technologies in Mining, page 20 ↗:
      Economical function usually has anti-crisis orientation and forms stable economical development of the state.
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