strategic

[ struh-tee-jik ]
/ strəˈti dʒɪk /

adjective

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.
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

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strategic

strategical

/ (strəˈtiːdʒɪk) /

adjective

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 forms of strategic

strategically, adverb
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