- Careful with money so as not to spend too much; prudent; thrifty.
- He was an economical person by nature.
- Saving money or resources.
- The new, eco-friendly bicycle was an economical purchase.
- (archaic) Relating to economy in any other sense.
1854, Patrick Edward Dove, The Elements of Political Science, page 246:
- In economical science, value and the power of producing value are taken into consideration.
- 1922, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Capital and Interest: A Critical History of Economical Theory, page 218:
- By Use, then, in the sense given it by the Say-Hermann school, we have to think of an objective useful element which proceeds from goods, and acquires independent economical existence as well as independent economical value.
- 2007, Who's Who in the Arab World, page 312:
- Doctor in Economical Sciences.
- 2010, New Techniques and Technologies in Mining, page 20:
- Economical function usually has anti-crisis orientation and forms stable economical development of the state.
Modern usage prefers economic when describing the economy of a region or country (and when referring to personal or family budgeting).
Economical is preferred when referring to thrift or value for money.
careful with money
relating to economy — see economic
saving money or resources