Economic and Economical

The Quick Answer
What is the difference between economic and economical?

Economic pertains to the economy.
Economical means not wasteful.

Economic and Economical

The words economic and economical do mean the same thing; i.e., they are not synonyms.

Economic

The adjective economic pertains to the economy, finances, or wealth. For example:
  • The economic deceleration will likely cause a further fall in unemployment.
  • The host will interview the winners and losers from current economic situation.
  • It's not about money - he is fine from an economic perspective.

Economical

The adjective economical describes something that saves money or resources or is not wasteful of money or resources. For example:
  • It has a powerful yet economical engine that is suitable for high-mileage drivers.
  • The most practical and economical way to see Brazil is by air.

See Also

adverse or averse? affect or effect? appraise or apprise? avenge or revenge? bare or bear? complement or compliment? dependant or dependent? discreet or discrete? disinterested or uninterested? e.g. or i.e.? envy or jealousy? imply or infer? its or it's? material or materiel? poisonous or venomous? practice or practise? principal or principle? tenant or tenet? who's or whose?
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