Definitions

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

  • n. The social science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services and with the theory and management of economies or economic systems.
  • n. Economic matters, especially relevant financial considerations: "Economics are slowly killing the family farm” ( Christian Science Monitor).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of resource allocation, distribution and consumption; of capital and investment; and of management of the factors of production.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of household affairs, or of domestic management.
  • n. Political economy; the science of the utilities or the useful application of wealth or material resources; the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services of a nation or region, and its effect on the wealth of a country. See Political economy, under Political.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of household or domestic management.
  • n. The science which treats of wealth, its production, distribution, etc.; political economy.

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

  • n. the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management

Etymologies

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From economy, from Latin oeconomia, from Ancient Greek οἰκονομία (oikonomia, "management of a household, administration"), from οἶκος (oikos, "house") + νόμος (nomos, "law").

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