[ op-uh-rey-shuh-nl ]
/ ˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃə nl /
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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.



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Origin of operational

First recorded in 1920–25; operation + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM operational

op·er·a·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·op·er·a·tion·al, adjectivepre·op·er·a·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for operational

/ (ˌɒpəˈreɪʃənəl) /


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 of operational

operationally, adverb
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