- pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of strategy: strategic movements.
- important in or essential to strategy.
- (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.
- intended to render the enemy incapable of making war, as by the destruction of materials, factories, etc.: a strategic bombing mission.
- essential to the conduct of a war: Copper is a strategic material.
Origin of strategic
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2. opportune, critical, key, principal, crucial.
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Examples from the Web for strategical
But the radical fault of the whole enterprise was a strategical one.The Life of Gordon, Volume II
Demetrius Charles Boulger
This is the time for a strategical retreat, as they are three to one, and we may at any time be cut off.Middy and Ensign
G. Manville Fenn
But McClellan, as his supporters say, matures his strategical plans.Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862
Nor do strategical considerations end when battle is joined.Sound Military Decision
U.s. Naval War College
There was no strategical reason why this salient should be held so far east of Ypres.The Red Watch
J. A. Currie
- of, relating to, or characteristic of strategy
- important to a strategy or to strategy in general
- (of weapons, attacks, etc) directed against an enemy's homeland rather than used on a battlefielda strategic missile; strategic bombing
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Word Origin and History for strategical
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