- not wasting money, time, fuel, etc.; thrifty: an economical person, an economical stove
- expressed or done with economy, as by using few words: an economical style
- of economics; economic
This compact fluorescent lightbulb is more economical than a regular lightbulb.
- A cheap brand of cleaner that works really well and provides good value is an example of something that might be described as economical.
- A person who is careful with his money and who doesn't spend foolishly is an example of someone who is economical.
The definition of economical is something cost effective that is a good value, or someone who doesn't waste, or who is frugal and doesn't spend more than necessary.
- Designed or functioning to make effective use of money or effort invested: an economical heating system; an economical approach to control of corporate growth.
- Prudent and thrifty in management; not wasteful or extravagant. See Synonyms at sparing.
- Sparing in the amount of items involved to achieve a desired result: an economical writing style; threw an economical 12 pitches in the first inning.
(comparative more economical, superlative most economical)
economic + -al
- An economical method of evaporation must be found.
- The system is economical in fuel, but needs skilled attendance to keep the appliances and fittings in order.
- Dalby, " The Economical Working of Locomotives," Proc. Inst.
- Turrettini did much to increase the economical prosperity of the city.
- He had not accustomed himself to economical living; and, when the emoluments of his office were withdrawn, he had barely enough to support his family.