Definitions of economical

  1. Economically. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. using the minimum of time or resources necessary for effectiveness; "an economic use of home heating oil"; "a modern economical heating system"; "an economical use of her time" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. avoiding waste; "an economical meal"; "an economical shopper"; "a frugal farmer"; "a frugal lunch"; "a sparing father and a spending son"; "sparing in their use of heat and light"; "stinting in bestowing gifts"; "thrifty because they remember the great Depression"; (`scotch' is used only informally) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. Relating to domestic economy, or to the management of household affairs. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Regulative; relating to the adaptation of means to an end. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Managing with frugality; guarding against waste or unnecessary expense; careful and frugal in management and in expenditure; - said of character or habits. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Managed with frugality; not marked with waste or extravagance; frugal; - said of acts; saving; as, an economical use of money or of time. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Careful; frugal; prudent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Pertaining to, managing with, or regulated by, economy; frugal; relating to economics. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Pert. to household matters; frugal; careful; thrifty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for economical

  1. Coal is a tremendous item in the cost of production, and a competent, economical engine- man can be sure of good wages and a choice of berths; he is desired like a good domestic servant. – Tales of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
  2. Economical use demands even distribution through the soil so that a sufficient amount is in every part. – Right Use of Lime in Soil Improvement by Alva Agee