Economic or Economical?

What Is the Difference between "Economic" and "Economical"?

"Economic" and "economical" are often treated as synonyms (i.e., words that mean the same), but they are different.
  • "Economic" pertains to the economy. For example:
    • Today's poor economic conditions are taking their toll on new companies. correct tick
  • "Economical" means not wasteful. For example:
    • My new car is more economical than my motorbike. correct tick
economic or economical?

More about "Economic" and "Economical"


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

Example sentences with "economic":
  • The economic deceleration will likely cause a further fall in unemployment. correct tick
  • The host will interview the winners and losers from the current economic situation. correct tick
  • It's not about money - he is fine from an economic perspective. correct tick


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

Example sentences with "economical":
  • It has a powerful yet economical engine that is suitable for high-mileage drivers. correct tick
  • The most practical and economical way to see Brazil is by air. correct tick

Common Terms With Economic and Economical

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


  • 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 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. correct tick
  • The car runs economically. correct tick
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.