ec·o·nom·ics (ĕk′ə-nŏmĭks, ē′kə-)
1. (used with a sing. verb) The social science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services and with the theory and management of economies or economic systems.
2. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Economic matters, especially relevant financial considerations: "Economics are slowly killing the family farm" (Christian Science Monitor).
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