Meaning of “ecological” in the English Dictionary

"ecological" in British English

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uk /ˌiː.kəˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˌiː.kəˈlɑː.dʒɪ.kəl/

B2 relating to ecology or the environment:

The destruction of the rain forests is an ecological disaster.

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  • The ecological effects of the factory need to be balanced against the employment it generates.
  • The ecological consequences of a nuclear war are incalculable.
  • High petrol taxes can be defended on ecological grounds.
  • They were warned of the ecological catastrophe to come.
  • This species has its own unique ecological niche, which we are in danger of destroying.
adverb uk /ˌiː.kəˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌiː.kəˈlɑː.dʒɪ.kəl.i/


It's an ecologically friendly/sound (= not harmful) means of transport.

(Definition of “ecological” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ecological" in Business English

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uk /ˌiːkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl/ us ENVIRONMENT

relating to ecology (= the relationship between living things and their environment) or the environment:

The industry has created thousands of jobs in rural communities but environmentalists believe this has been an ecological disaster.
adverb /ˌiːkəˈlɒdʒɪkli/ /-ˈlɑːdʒɪ-/

The office furniture is made from northern spruce from ecologically managed forests.

(Definition of “ecological” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)