- able to function or be used; functional: How soon will the new factory be operational?
- of, relating to, or involved in military operations.
- on active service or combat duty: All units of the command are operational.
- of or relating to operations or an operation.
Origin of operational
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Examples from the Web for operational
There was virtually no government oversight of safety and operational standards.Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes?
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In the Horn of Africa, the U.S. military has long eschewed the use of drones in favor of manned aircraft for operational reasons.Why Drones Don’t Cut It in Syria
September 24, 2014
The F-35 was originally intended to be operational with the U.S. Marine Corps by 2010.America’s $400 Billion Stealth Jet Fleet Is Grounded
June 28, 2014
We found that even in cases where individuals acted alone, in an operational sense, they were not radicalized in a vacuum.The Syrian War Comes Home to Europe
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First, at that height the airplane would be way beyond its operational ceiling and uncontrollable.The Baseless Rush to Blame the Pilots of Flight 370
March 16, 2014
"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
- of or relating to an operation or operations
- in working order and ready for use
- military capable of, needed in, or actually involved in operations
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Word Origin and History for operational
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