economic and economical - the difference

Economic pertains to the economy.
Economical means not wasteful.


The adjective economic pertains to the economy, finances or wealth.


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.


The adjective economical denotes that something saves money or resources or is not wasteful of money or resources.


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.

The Adverb Is Economically

The adverb is easy – it's economically for both.


  • Economically, the country is in good shape.

  • The car runs economically.

See also:

What are adjectives?
What are adverbs?
List of easily confused words