economical vs stinting what difference

what is difference between economical and stinting


Alternative forms

  • economicall (obsolete)
  • œconomical (archaic)
  • œconomicall (obsolete)


economic +‎ -al


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɛkəˈnɒmɪkəl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɛkəˈnɑmɪkəl/


economical (comparative more economical, superlative most economical)

  1. Careful with money so as not to spend too much; prudent; thrifty.
    He was an economical person by nature.
  2. Saving money or resources.
  3. (dated) Relating to economy in any other sense.
    • 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.

Usage notes

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. Cf. the adjective economy.

Derived terms


See also

  • economic




  1. present participle of stint


  • unstinting


stinting (plural stintings)

  1. Act of one who stints.
    • 1848, Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
      [] as long as they can contrive to make a respectable appearance once a year, when they come to town, he gives himself little concern about their private stintings and struggles at home.


  • nittings, tintings

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