1. [ adjective ] using the minimum of time or resources necessary for effectiveness
Synonyms: economic

"an economic use of home heating oil" "a modern economical heating system" "an economical use of her time"

Related terms: efficient
2. [ adjective ] (economics) of or relating to an economy, the system of production and management of material wealth
Synonyms: economic

"economic growth" "aspects of social, political, and economical life"

Related terms: economy economy
3. [ adjective ] avoiding waste
Synonyms: scotch sparing stinting frugal

"an economical meal" "a frugal farmer" "a frugal lunch" "a sparing father and a spending son" "stinting in bestowing gifts" "thrifty because they remember the great Depression" (`scotch' is used only informally)

Related terms: colloquialism thrifty
Similar spelling:   economically