Definition of economical adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



/ˌɛkəˈnɑmɪkl; ˌikəˈnɑmɪkl/
1 providing good service or value in relation to the amount of time or money spentan economical car to run (= one that does not use too much gas)It would be more economical to buy the bigger size. antonym uneconomical note at economic2 using no more of something than is necessaryan economical use of spacean economical prose style (= one that uses no unnecessary words) antonym uneconomical3 not spending more money than necessaryHe was economical in all areas of his life. synonym frugalIDIOM

economical with the truth

a way of saying that someone has left out some important facts, when you do not want to say that they are lying
economical with the truth
Usage noteUsage note: economic economicalEconomic 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 impact of having children⇨ see also economy 1Economical means “spending money or using something in a careful way that avoids waste”: It is usually more economical to buy washing powder in large quantities.⇨ see also economy 3