Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to the production, development, and management of material wealth, as of a country, household, or business enterprise.
  • adj. Of or relating to an economy: a period of sustained economic growth.
  • adj. Of or relating to the science of economics: new economic theories regarding the effects of deficit spending.
  • adj. Of or relating to the practical necessities of life; material: wrote the book primarily for economic reasons.
  • adj. Financially rewarding; economical: It was no longer economic to keep the manufacturing facilities open.
  • adj. Efficient; economical: an economic use of home heating oil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. pertaining to an economy
  • adj. frugal; cheap (in the sense of representing good value); economical.
  • adj. pertaining to the study of money and its movement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the household; domestic.
  • adj. Relating to domestic economy, or to the management of household affairs.
  • adj. Managing with frugality; guarding against waste or unnecessary expense; careful and frugal in management and in expenditure; -- said of character or habits.
  • adj. Managed with frugality; not marked with waste or extravagance; using the minimum of time or effort or resources required for effectiveness; frugal; -- said of acts; saving.
  • adj. of or pertaining to the national or regional economy; relating to political economy; relating to the means of living, or the resources and wealth of a country; relating to the production or consumption of goods and services of a nation or region
  • adj. Regulative; relating to the adaptation of means to an end.
  • adj. of or pertaining to economics.
  • adj. profitable. Opposite of uneconomic.
  • adj. avoiding waste. Opposite of wasteful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or pertaining to the household; domestic.
  • Pertaining to the regulation of household concerns.
  • Pertaining to pecuniary means or concerns; relating to or connected with income and expenditure: as, his economic management was bad; he was restrained by economic considerations; the economic branches of government.
  • Of or pertaining to economics, or the production, distribution, and use of wealth; relating to the means of living, or to the arts by which human needs and comforts are supplied: as, an economic problem; economic disturbances; economic geology or botany.
  • Characterized by freedom from wastefulness, extravagance, or excess; frugal; saving; sparing: as, economic use of money or of material.
  • = Syn.5. Saving, sparing, careful, thrifty, provident.
  • n. etc. Obsolete forms of economic, etc.
  • Relating to value as viewed from the standpoint of material welfare in contrast with values of other orders.

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

  • adj. concerned with worldly necessities of life (especially money)
  • 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. of or relating to the science of economics
  • adj. financially rewarding

Etymologies

economy +‎ -ic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We have had 13 years of a so-called Labour government which accepted the whole Thatcherite economic settlement, has seen an increase in social and ­economic inequality; worshipped wealth and fawned on high finance at home and abroad; passed a vast array of repressive laws; betrayed all its ­promises on the single currency? and in the end did more damage to the

    The Guardian World News

  • We have had 13 years of a so-called Labour government which accepted the whole Thatcherite economic settlement, has seen an increase in social and ­economic inequality; worshipped wealth and fawned on high finance at home and abroad; passed a vast array of repressive laws; betrayed all its ­promises on the single currency - and in the end did more damage to the

    The Guardian World News

  • "We have had 13 years of a so-called Labour government which accepted the whole Thatcherite economic settlement, has seen an increase in social and ­economic inequality; worshipped wealth and fawned on high finance at home and abroad; passed a vast array of repressive laws; betrayed all its ­promises on the single currency? and in the end did more damage to the

    The Guardian World News

  • Thrice in this short piece Brooks throws around the term "economic determinism" without bothering to define it.

    Joseph A. Palermo: David Brooks's Anti-Poverty Program: "Bourgeois Paternalism"

  • "I think it's not being immodest to say that when we started the Institute for Justice in 1991, the term economic liberty was confined pretty much to libertarian academics," Mr. Mellor grins.

    Litigating for Liberty

  • More-over the term "economic uncertaint ­y" is a codeword from the CEO community that essentiall ­y translates into - unless Washington does everything we want - we won't invest in America which is why they're sitting on 2 trillion in cash and sinking most of it outside our borders.

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  • You will notice that the Democrats, in all of these articles and columns, never use the phrase "economic growth," which is astonishing to me, because they have no proposal to promote growth.

    Let's Make a Deal

  • For reasons we shall later develop more completely the term economic slowly came to mean “efficiency” as measure in monetary terms in the market.

    Energy and Society~ Chapter 4~ Sail and Trade

  • PFOTENHAUER: I was going to say, I'm glad he put the term economic in front of the term fascism.

    CNN Transcript Apr 20, 2009

  • PFOTENHAUER: Well, I'm glad he put the term economic in front.

    CNN Transcript Apr 20, 2009

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