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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 eco·nom·i·cal /-ˈnɑmɪkəl/
 (a.)節儉的,經濟的,合算的

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 E·co·nom·ic E·co·nom·ic·al a.
 1. Pertaining to the household; domestic. “In this economical misfortune [of ill-assorted matrimony.]”
 2. Relating to domestic economy, or to the management of household affairs.
 And doth employ her economic art
 And busy care, her household to preserve.   --Sir J. Davies.
 3. Managing with frugality; guarding against waste or unnecessary expense; careful and frugal in management and in expenditure; -- said of character or habits.
 Just rich enough, with economic care,
 To save a pittance.   --Harte.
 4. Managed with frugality; not marked with waste or extravagance; using the minimum of time or effort or resources required for effectiveness; frugal; -- said of acts; saving; as, an economical use of money or of time; an economic use of home heating oil. [wns=3]
 5. of or pertaining to the national or regional economy; relating to political economy; relating to the means of living, or the resources and wealth of a country; relating to the production or consumption of goods and services of a nation or region; as, economic growth; economic purposes; economical truths; an economic downturn.
    These matters economical and political.   --J. C. Shairp.
    There was no economical distress in England to prompt the enterprises of colonization.   --Palfrey.
    Economic questions, such as money, usury, taxes, lands, and the employment of the people.   --H. C.  Baird.
 6. Regulative; relating to the adaptation of means to an end.
 Note:Economical is the usual form when meaning frugal, saving; economic is the form commonly used when meaning pertaining to the management of a household, or of public affairs.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 economical
      adj 1: using the minimum of time or resources necessary for
             effectiveness; "an economic use of home heating oil";
             "a modern economical heating system"; "an economical
             use of her time" [syn: economic]
      2: of or relating to an economy, the system of production and
         management of material wealth; "economic growth"; "aspects
         of social, political, and economical life" [syn: economic]
      3: avoiding waste; "an economical meal"; "an economical
         shopper"; "a frugal farmer"; "a frugal lunch"; "a sparing
         father and a spending son"; "sparing in their use of heat
         and light"; "stinting in bestowing gifts"; "thrifty
         because they remember the great Depression"; "`scotch' is
         used only informally" [syn: frugal, scotch, sparing,
          stinting]