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adjective economical pronunciation in British English /ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪk(ə)l/economical pronunciation in British English /ˌekəˈnɒmɪk(ə)l/
  1. 1
    not costing or spending much money
    It would be more economical to switch the machine off at night.
    the most economical way to run your new business
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    1. a.
      used about something that is not expensive to make, buy, or use
      The material is an economical substitute for plastic or steel.
      Of course, the car is not the most economical form of transport.
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    2. b.
      used about someone who is careful about spending money
      He always was economical when it came to buying presents.
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  2. 2
    not wasting anything
    a beautifully economical process




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the buying and selling of human organs

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