Definition of economical in English:



  • 1Giving good value or return in relation to the money, time, or effort expended.

    ‘a small, economical car’
    • ‘Competitively priced, economical to run and with plenty of comfort and space, this is a very practical motor.’
    • ‘We tried a simple, economical solution to this problem: combining the camera with a pair of binoculars.’
    • ‘This map would promote a coherent, efficient, and economical wargaming effort.’
    • ‘Some believe it would be more economical in the long term just to buy new helicopters.’
    • ‘You might be surprised, however, to discover that you have an extremely economical car in your driveway.’
    • ‘Higher upfront costs might be more economical in the long run.’
    • ‘Thus it is important to make groundwater exploration as economical as possible with the highest possible success rate.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the solution to this problem is neither simple nor economical.’
    • ‘The fastest, most economical way to produce new houseplants is to divide them from existing ones.’
    • ‘Pastures are often the most economical way to provide forage for ruminant animals.’
    • ‘So ever since then, I've been trying to figure out an economical solution for our curtain problem.’
    • ‘I am considerate, drive to the speed limit and also drive a car that's more economical than my old one.’
    • ‘Although not really suitable nor economical for that purpose, it did keep up the gas supply during the emergency.’
    • ‘On more economical cars like yours the fuel savings are less attractive, although a London driver would no doubt be particularly attracted by the congestion charge exemption.’
    • ‘What is the easiest, most economical way to get rid of the standing water?’
    • ‘They are reasonably inexpensive and economical to run.’
    • ‘Not only were the cars quick, but they were very economical as well.’
    • ‘To begin with, gravel is very economical compared to other paving materials.’
    • ‘The color of the terrace railings was chosen to make them economical and relatively unnoticeable.’
    • ‘Motorcycle gloves, and even common workman's gloves can be economical alternatives for beginners.’
    cheap, inexpensive, low-cost, low-price, low-budget, budget, economy, reasonable, reasonably priced, cut-price, cut-rate, discount, discounted, bargain, bargain-basement, cost-effective, effective, efficient, energy-efficient, fuel-efficient, energy-saving, fuel-saving
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    1. 1.1 (of a person or lifestyle) careful not to waste money or resources.
      ‘he was economical in all areas of life’
      • ‘I'm economical, it must be the business student in me!’
      • ‘My mother was economical and a good manager, so we never went without any necessities.’
      • ‘He was very economical in the way he used his materials.’
      • ‘The Deputy Prime Minister said his Economy Ministry returned 20 million leva to the budget last year, because they were economical.’
      • ‘In a quest to find the most economical driver, local dignitaries and motor industry figures teamed up for the marathon, hoping to learn a little about making their fuel go further.’
      • ‘From the 1950s to 1960s, he was renowned for his economical lifestyle.’
      • ‘He was incredibly economical and inventive, making a great variety of prints in all sorts of different colours.’
      • ‘It means that economical users will have an opportunity to invest into a modern and future-proof rather than into an obsolescent platform.’
      • ‘I have heard about him from some of my economical colleagues.’
      • ‘And it is time that we all realise that governments only have limited powers to change and influence while economical actors are the leaders of change.’
      thrifty, careful, careful with money, provident, prudent, canny, sensible, frugal, sparing, scrimping, economizing, abstemious
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    2. 1.2 Using no more of something than is necessary.
      ‘the cast are economical with their actions’
      • ‘Somewhat surprisingly, standard 118 bhp models are very economical with fuel.’


  • be economical with the truth

    • euphemistic Lie or deliberately withhold information.

      ‘the government spokesman was often economical with the truth’
      • ‘Either he has been dramatically misled by his civil servants or, with possible prodding from the special relationship with Washington, he was being extremely economical with the truth.’
      • ‘However, after last Tuesday's reshuffle, we can only assume that the First Minister's pronouncements - to us, to others, on the record and on camera - were a case of his being economical with the truth.’
      • ‘Therefore the Executive's claim to have implemented ‘free personal care’ for the elderly is simply being economical with the truth.’
      • ‘I felt she was economical with the truth when she felt under attack.’
      • ‘On the democratic front, successive governments gained power by being economical with the truth, and once in office, lied blatantly about their intentions.’
      • ‘Yes, some key players were economical with the truth, and it is a bit surprising that a Prime Minister normally prone to micro-managing potential crises allowed this matter to be handled by others.’
      • ‘Does the pressure group Shoppers In Europe really believe that prices would go down by 15% if the UK joined the euro, or is they just being economical with the truth?’
      • ‘There has never been, and there will never be, any attempt either to hide or to be economical with the truth.’
      • ‘Was the prime minister economical with the truth?’
      • ‘At best, voters think the government was economical with the truth, at worst they believe it deliberately lied.’
      dishonest, deceitful, underhand, underhanded, duplicitous, double-dealing, two-faced, dissembling, insincere, false, lying, untruthful, mendacious
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