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    economical - Dictionary definition and meaning for word economical

    (adj) using the minimum of time or resources necessary for effectiveness
    Synonyms : economic
    Example Sentence
    • an economic use of home heating oil
    • a modern economical heating system
    • an economical use of her time
    (adj) of or relating to an economy, the system of production and management of material wealth
    Synonyms : economic
    Example Sentence
    • economic growth
    • aspects of social, political, and economical life
    (adj) avoiding waste
    Synonyms : frugal , scotch , sparing , stinting
    Example Sentence
    • 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
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