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[op-uh-rey-shuh-nl] /ˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃə nl/
able to function or be used; functional:
How soon will the new factory be operational?
  1. of, relating to, or involved in military operations.
  2. on active service or combat duty:
    All units of the command are operational.
of or relating to operations or an operation.
Origin of operational
First recorded in 1920-25; operation + -al1
Related forms
operationally, adverb
nonoperational, adjective
preoperational, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is also unlikely that any operational construct, no matter how brilliantly conceived, could overcome such a disconnect.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • For centuries, writing was only a container for speech, not operational language.

  • Training schedules, operational directives and other work programs serve the same end.

    The Armed Forces Officer U. S. Department of Defense
  • Knowledge is reduced to information; understanding is only operational.

  • By the time we were through, we had every operational facility of the Queen hooked up to a single panel on the bridge.

    The Knights of Arthur Frederik Pohl
British Dictionary definitions for operational


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
Derived Forms
operationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for operational

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

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