[ 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.

  1. (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.

  2. Military.

    • intended to render the enemy incapable of making war, as by the destruction of materials, factories, etc.: a strategic bombing mission.

    • (of a weapon) long range, as an intercontinental ballistic missile: Strategic nuclear weapons were the linchpin of the Mutual Assured Destruction doctrine at the height of the Cold War.: Compare tactical (def. 3).

    • essential to the conduct of a war: Copper is a strategic material.

Origin of strategic

First recorded in 1815–25; from Greek stratēgikós, equivalent to stratēg(ós) “general” (see strategy) + -ikos -ic
  • Sometimes stra·te·gi·cal [struh-tee-ji-kuhl] /strəˈti dʒɪ kəl/ .

Other words for strategic

Other words from strategic

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use strategic in a sentence

  • These lofty strategical questions must not make me forget an equally vital munitions message just to hand.

  • Spent day in camp trying to straighten things out: the personal, the strategical and the administrative arrangements.

  • The possession of Quinsan was of immense importance in a strategical point of view.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I | Demetrius Charles Boulger
  • Don Segis, the reserve force, also advanced a step to preserve the strategical distance.

    The Fourth Estate, vol.1 | Armando Palacio Valds
  • His great need had developed his strategical powers, and accident had seemed to further his design.

    A Sheaf of Corn | Mary E. Mann

British Dictionary definitions for strategic



/ (strəˈtiːdʒɪk) /

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of strategy

  2. important to a strategy or to strategy in general

  1. (of weapons, attacks, etc) directed against an enemy's homeland rather than used on a battlefield: a strategic missile; strategic bombing

Derived forms of strategic

  • strategically, adverb

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