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[ struh-tee-jik ]


  1. pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of strategy:

    strategic movements.

  2. important in or essential to strategy.

    Synonyms: opportune, principal, key, crucial, critical

  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. (of a weapon) long range, as an intercontinental ballistic missile: Compare tactical ( def 3 ).

      Strategic nuclear weapons were the linchpin of the Mutual Assured Destruction doctrine at the height of the Cold War.

    3. essential to the conduct of a war:

      Copper is a strategic material.


/ strəˈtiːdʒɪk /


  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 battlefield

    a strategic missile

    strategic bombing

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Derived Forms

  • straˈtegically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • stra·te·gi·cal·ly adverb
  • non·stra·te·gic adjective
  • non·stra·te·gi·cal adjective
  • un·stra·te·gic adjective
  • un·stra·te·gi·cal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of strategic1

First recorded in 1815–25; from Greek stratēgikós, equivalent to stratēg(ós) “general” ( strategy ) + -ikos -ic

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Example Sentences

Lee Freidman, the city’s strategic energy initiatives manager, said it could be written into the final contract as a franchise violation leading to revocation or forfeiture of the agreement.

This move was in reaction to a global concern that China was trying to acquire distressed assets in strategic sectors during the pandemic.

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“It seems to me that the operative questions are political and strategic, not legal,” said the former administration official.

After years of strategic drift, the U.S. military may finally have a path to maintain its edge over countries like China.

Of course, every nuclear capable air force runs exercises to practice its so-called “strategic deterrence.”

Hence the advantage lay with him, because he held a strategic position and could choose his own time.

From the very outset of his career in Spain he showed a lack of strategic insight and a want of rapidity of movement.

It also accentuated the position of many of the camps, centres of population, and strategic posts.

At Kotur he held a position of high strategic importance; and he commanded a considerable following, comprising some 2000 horse.

An important strategic point, it was hotly disputed throughout the war.


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strata titleStrategic Air Command