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economic

adjective uk   /iː.kəˈnɒm.ɪk/ /ek.ə-/ us    /-ˈnɑː.mɪk/

economic adjective (COUNTRY'S ECONOMY)

B2 [before noun] relating to trade, industry, and money: The country has been in a very poor economic state ever since the decline of its two major industries. The government's economic policies have led us into the worst recession in years.
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economic adjective (MAKING A PROFIT)

making a profit, or likely to make a profit: We had to close our London office - with the rent so high it just wasn't economic.
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