Someone who is economical avoids wasting things, like money or food. So if someone sees you wrapping up a bite of food that could be part of tomorrow's lunch, don't let him call you "cheap." Tell him you are economical.

The adjective economical often describes someone who is frugal with money, but the word can apply to those who avoid wasting resources of any kind. An economical speaker, for example, avoids wasting words and doesn’t talk any more than is absolutely necessary. Someone who is economical with his time gets things done efficiently, just as an economical dishwasher uses the precise amount of water and electricity.

Definitions of economical
  1. adjective
    using the minimum of time or resources necessary for effectiveness
    “a modern economical heating system”
    “an economical use of her time”
    synonyms: economic
    being effective without wasting time or effort or expense
  2. adjective
    avoiding waste
    “an economical meal”
    “an economical shopper”
    synonyms: frugal, scotch, sparing, stinting
    careful and diligent in the use of resources
  3. adjective
    of or relating to an economy, the system of production and management of material wealth
    “aspects of social, political, and economical life”
    synonyms: economic
Commonly confused words

economic / economical

Economic is all about how money works, but something economical is a good deal. You might take an economic studiesclass to understand the ebb and flow of cash in the world, but if you buy a used textbook for it, you’re being economical.

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