[ struh-tee-jik ]
/ strəˈti dʒɪk /


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.
  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.

Nearby words

  1. strassburg,
  2. strata,
  3. strata title,
  4. stratagem,
  5. stratal,
  6. strategic air command,
  7. strategic arms limitation talks,
  8. strategic defense initiative,
  9. strategics,
  10. strategist

Sometimes stra·te·gi·cal.

Origin of strategic

1815–25; < Greek stratēgikós, equivalent to stratēg(ós) general (see strategy + -ikos -ic

SYNONYMS FOR strategic
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Examples from the Web for nonstrategic

British Dictionary definitions for nonstrategic


/ (ˌnɒnstrəˈtiːdʒɪk) /


not of, relating to, or characteristic of strategy



/ (strəˈtiːdʒɪk) /


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
Derived Formsstrategically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for nonstrategic



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

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