Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Prudent and thrifty in management; not wasteful or extravagant. See Synonyms at sparing.
  • adj. Intended to save money, as by efficient operation or elimination of unnecessary features; economic: an economical heating system; an economical approach to control of corporate growth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Careful with money so as not to spend too much; prudent; thrifty.
  • adj. Relating to economy in any other sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as economic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to an economy, the system of production and management of material wealth
  • adj. using the minimum of time or resources necessary for effectiveness
  • adj. avoiding waste

Etymologies

From economic + -al (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Customers identify and validate the requirements to be addressed and evaluate the contractor's performance, and ensure that the contract is used in economical and efficient ways.

    David Isenberg: This Waste Really Hurts

  • That being said, hotels doors in economical hotels usually leave something to be desired in security.

    Safety in Hotels

  • They have more specialized uses and are often more difficult to extract in economical quantities than base metals like copper, tin and lead.

    ETF Targets 'Rare Earths'

  • The most successful transition was made by journalists like Ben Hecht and Robert Benchley, who were accustomed to deadlines and copy editors and writing for an anonymous public that liked its information meted out in economical and dramatic doses … Journalists shared with veteran screenwriters a tendency to think of their work more as a craft than as an art.

    Toiling in the Dream Factory

  • They rely heavily on people from a certain economical and social disadvantage, to fill their ranks.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: May 9, 2006

  • Perhaps, but only because history shows us that corporate greed causes most companies to miss the long term economical gains over a short term loss of licensing revenues.

    10 Reasons Why High Definition DVD Formats Have Already Failed

  • On one side, we have a long and rich heritage of ethnical music which is a vast ocean of wealth that can not be damaged hopefully by this practice which is clearly motivated only by 'street recognition' and the short-term economical effect.

    Friday is Timbaland Day - Pt 1: Tim's Greatest Hits

  • Not only is it obsolete in economical terms but it's obsolete also in physical terms.

    The National Broadcasting Dream

  • Whence two systems of morals arise, not antagonistic but concurrent; religious or philosophical morality, and the morality to which I permit myself to apply the name economical

    Sophisms of the Protectionists

  • Without the word economical, this is a physics challenge that we know how to meet: to convert energy from photons to a flow of electrons.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Web 2.0

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  • As a proportion of the total economy it is not that big, though it's certainly been on the ascendancy over the past 30 years.

    November 3, 2007

  • Depressing indeed--and that's just the annual deficit Feynman was talking about. Our actual debt is on the order of $9 *trillion* dollars.

    November 3, 2007

  • That is very depressing, seanahan. When the deficit is worded that way it sounds very big, indeed.

    November 3, 2007

  • That's something to think about!

    There's an estimated 1080 atoms, so there is a physical limit to the amount of information that can exist – in this universe at least.

    November 2, 2007

  • There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers. - Richard Feynman

    November 2, 2007