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Definition of economical adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˌikəˈnɑmɪkl//
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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 gas) It would be more economical to buy the bigger size. opposite uneconomical 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 impact of having children Economical 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.
  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 He was economical in all areas of his life. synonym frugal
  4. Idioms
    economical with the truth
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    a way of saying that someone has left out some important facts, when you do not want to say that they are lying
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: economical