economic / economical: what’s the difference?

The following explanation was sourced from http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic9464.html and posted by Yankee on 12th June 2006:

If something is economical, it saves money or resources. It’s similar in meaning to “not wasteful” eg. “An economical car uses a minimum amount of gasoline (petrol) to drive a maximum number of miles (kilometers).”

The word economic is related to the economy or finances, money matters, or wealth eg. “There was a rise in unemployment due to the economic downturn.”

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