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operational

[op-uh-rey-shuh-nl] /ˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
able to function or be used; functional:
How soon will the new factory be operational?
2.
Military.
  1. of, relating to, or involved in military operations.
  2. on active service or combat duty:
    All units of the command are operational.
3.
of or relating to operations or an operation.
Origin of operational
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25; operation + -al1
Related forms
operationally, adverb
nonoperational, adjective
preoperational, adjective
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  • "We'll have to find out where the fellow has his base," operational Planning said.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • For centuries, writing was only a container for speech, not operational language.

  • Knowledge is reduced to information; understanding is only operational.

  • The Terrier was the Navy's first operational surface to air missile.

    Trinity [Atomic Test] Site The National Atomic Museum
  • To be sure, we emphasize and demand brilliance as the operational goal.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
British Dictionary definitions for operational

operational

/ˌɒpəˈreɪʃənəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an operation or operations
2.
in working order and ready for use
3.
(military) capable of, needed in, or actually involved in operations
Derived Forms
operationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for operational
adj.

1922, "pertaining to operation," from operation + -al (1). Meaning "in a state of functionality" is from 1944.

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