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strategic

[struh-tee-jik]
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  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 stra·te·gi·cal.

Origin of strategic

1815–25; < Greek stratēgikós, equivalent to stratēg(ós) general (see strategy + -ikos -ic
Related formsstra·te·gi·cal·ly, adverbnon·stra·te·gic, adjectivenon·stra·te·gi·cal, adjectivenon·stra·te·gi·cal·ly, adverbun·stra·te·gic, adjectiveun·stra·te·gi·cal, adjectiveun·stra·te·gi·cal·ly, adverb

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2. opportune, critical, key, principal, crucial.
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Examples from the Web for unstrategic

Historical Examples

  • He was in the unstrategic position of one who asks for everything and can concede nothing.

    Jefferson and his Colleagues

    Allen Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for unstrategic

strategic

strategical

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 battlefielda strategic missile; strategic bombing
Derived Formsstrategically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unstrategic

strategic

adj.

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

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