Meaning of “economical” in the English Dictionary

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"economical" in British English

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economicaladjective

uk /ˌiː.kəˈnɒm.ɪ.kəl/ /ek.əˈnɒm.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˌiː.kəˈnɑː.mɪ.kəl/ /ek.əˈnɑː.mɪ.kəl/

B2 not using a lot of fuel, money, etc.:

There's increasing demand for cars that are more economical on fuel.
What's the most economical way of heating this building?

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

"economical" in American English

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economicaladjective

us /ˌI·kəˈnɑm·ɪ·kəl, ˌek·ə-/

not using a lot of money, energy, etc.:

With rents so high, it wasn’t economical to continue to live in the city.

(Definition of “economical” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"economical" in Business English

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economicaladjective

uk /ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪkəl, ˌekəˈnɒmɪkəl/ us

not using a lot of fuel, money, space, etc.:

What's the most economical way of heating this building?
Most printer software lets you fit four pictures per sheet to make the most economical use of the space available.
There's increasing demand for cars which are more economical on fuel.
It's a shame this industry could not be a bit more economical with the costs.

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