The confusion occurred as both are adjectives. Months back, one of the native speakers here corrected me when I said...

I asked about the economical economic problems of the nation.

I think it's fine using 'adjective' economical, isn't it? As I often hear, His financial condition is not good NOT His finance condition is not good.

Your views please.


Economic means related to the economy as a whole.

  • the economic trends of Germany are stable.

Economical refers to something which is done taking care not to waste money or time.

  • an economical style of life.

so "economic" is the right word for your sentence.

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  • economical means related to economy and it's adjective. What about the financial condition? Do you use 'finance condition' as it's the similar usage. – Maulik V Mar 31 '14 at 10:46
  • "financial conditions" of a country, refer to the state of the balance of money a State can use to provide services to people or paying for public works. The main revenue source for a modern State is tax collection or National Debt issue. hope it can help. – user5267 Mar 31 '14 at 11:17
  • What do you think about this sentence: aspects of social, political, and economical life – Maulik V Jul 23 '14 at 8:40
  • ...and economic life! – user5267 Jul 23 '14 at 8:54
  • no. economical is correctly used there. I confirmed it. I read this answer carefully and it clarifies it better. english.stackexchange.com/questions/9545/economic-vs-economical – Maulik V Jul 23 '14 at 8:55

English adjectives ending in -ic or -ical are a real problem. There is no system in it and if one looks more carefully into this matter one finds various sorts of types. One might say in this matter language has gone wild.

PS Well, to add some examples:

Type practical There is only one adjective in -ical. Of the same type impractical, theoretical, hypothetical.These adjectives have no noun of the type *practic etc.

Type logical There is the noun the logic. The adj is logical. There is no adj *logic.

Type economical + economic Both adjectives exist with different meaning, The normal adj is economic. economical means a good ratio between cost and result.

Type classic + classical There is the noun "a classic" and both adjectives. The use is difficult. I made a note for myself: Look up the dictionary when you have to use one of these adjectives.

Remark This is no extensive study. This is only meant to show that adjectives in -ic/ical are a problem.

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