Definition of economical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌiːkəˈnɑːmɪkl//
    ; BrE BrE//ˌekəˈnɒmɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌekəˈnɑːmɪkl//
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  1. 1providing good service or value in relation to the amount of time or money spent an economical car to run (= one that does not use too much petrol/gas) It would be more economical to buy the bigger size. opposite uneconomical
  2. 2using no more of something than is necessary an economical use of space an economical prose style (= one that uses no unnecessary words) opposite uneconomical
  3. 3not spending more money than necessary synonym frugal He was economical in all areas of his life. Which Word?economic / economical Economic means ‘connected with the economy of a country or an area, or with the money that a society or an individual has’:the government’s economic policy the economic aspects of having children. see also economy (1) Economical means ‘spending money or using something in a careful way that avoids waste’:It is usually economical to buy washing powder in large quantities. see also economy (3)
  4. Extra examples Solid fuel would be more economical. This arrangement is more economical in its use of staff. This arrangement is more economical with space. This new oven is highly economical. more economical of time and resources He admired her economical movements as she set the table for supper. He uses an economical prose style. These cars are very economical to run. an economical use of land/​spaceIdioms
    economical with the truth
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    a way of saying that somebody has left out some important facts, when you do not want to say that they are lying
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: economical