Economic or Economical?

by Craig Shrives

Economic or Economical?

What is the difference between "economic" and "economical"?
  • "Economic" pertains to the economy.
  • "Economical" means not wasteful.
economic or economical?

More about "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 the 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.

Common Terms With Economic and Economical

Here are some common terms with "economic" and "economical":

Economic
  • economic analysis
  • economic boom
  • economic climate
  • economic capital
  • economic development
  • economic downturn
  • economic market
  • economic outlook
  • economic quarter
  • economic recovery
  • economic uncertainty
  • economic year
Economical
  • economical boiler
  • economical car
  • economical fridge
  • economical meals
  • economical option
  • economical with the truth
The Adverb Is "Economically" for Both


The adverb is easy – it's "economically" for "economic" and "economical." For example:
  • Economically, the country is in good shape.
  • The car runs economically.
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