Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Designed or functioning to make effective use of money or effort invested.
  • adjective Prudent and thrifty in management; not wasteful or extravagant. synonym: sparing.
  • adjective Sparing in the amount of items involved to achieve a desired result.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as economic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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From economic + -al

Examples

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

    Safety in Hotels

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

    Safety in Hotels

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Comments

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  • 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

  • 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

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

    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

  • 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