WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ec•o•nom•i•cal /ˌɛkəˈnɑmɪkəl, ˌikə-/USA pronunciation   adj. 
    1. avoiding waste;
      producing or resulting in profit or savings: an economical meal.
economical, thrifty, frugal imply careful and efficient use of money, supplies, or resources. economical implies careful and wise planning in the use of resources so as to avoid unnecessary waste or expense: It is economical to buy in large quantities. thrifty adds the idea of working hard to save and of managing successfully: She is a thrifty shopper and always looks for bargains. frugal suggests saving by denying oneself luxuries: He is so frugal that he never takes taxis but walks instead.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
ec•o•nom•i•cal  (ek′ə nomi kəl, ē′kə-), 
    1. avoiding waste or extravagance;
      thrifty:an economical meal; an economical use of interior space.
    1. economic.
  • economic + -al1 1570–80
1 . saving, provident, sparing, parsimonious. Economical, thrifty, frugal imply careful and saving use of resources. Economical implies prudent planning in the disposition of resources so as to avoid unnecessary waste or expense:economical in budgeting household expenditures.Thrifty is a stronger word than economical, and adds to it the idea of industry and successful management:a thrifty shopper looking for bargains.Frugal emphasizes being saving, sometimes excessively saving, esp. in such matters as food or dress:frugal almost to the point of being stingy. 1 . wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, prodigal, profligate.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

economical /ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪkəl ˌɛkə-/ adj
  1. using the minimum required; not wasteful of time, effort, resources, etc
  2. frugal; thrifty
  3. a variant of economiceconomiceconomiceconomic
  4. euphemistic deliberately withholding information (esp in the phrase economical with the truth)

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