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strategic

[struh-tee-jik] /strəˈti dʒɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of strategy:
strategic movements.
2.
important in or essential to strategy.
3.
(of an action, as a military operation or a move in a game) forming an integral part of a stratagem:
a strategic move in a game of chess.
4.
Military.
  1. intended to render the enemy incapable of making war, as by the destruction of materials, factories, etc.:
    a strategic bombing mission.
  2. essential to the conduct of a war:
    Copper is a strategic material.
Sometimes, strategical.
Origin of strategic
1815-1825
1815-25; < Greek stratēgikós, equivalent to stratēg(ós) general (see strategy + -ikos -ic
Related forms
strategically, adverb
nonstrategic, adjective
nonstrategical, adjective
nonstrategically, adverb
unstrategic, adjective
unstrategical, adjective
unstrategically, adverb
Synonyms
2. opportune, critical, key, principal, crucial.
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Examples from the Web for strategic
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  • What was the source of this strategic advantage of the villain?

    The Enclosures in England Harriett Bradley
  • "Yes, we've settled that," said Margaret, undisturbed by his strategic blunderings.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • strategic railways were built for the speedy transportation of troops.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • Thanks to this strategic offensive, the campaign turned in our favor.

  • Its importance is military and strategic rather than commercial.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
British Dictionary definitions for strategic

strategic

/strəˈtiːdʒɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of strategy
2.
important to a strategy or to strategy in general
3.
(of weapons, attacks, etc) directed against an enemy's homeland rather than used on a battlefield: a strategic missile, strategic bombing
Derived Forms
strategically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for strategic
adj.

"pertaining to strategy," 1825; see strategy + -ic. Related: Strategical; strategically.

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