(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.
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.
- Sometimes stra·te·gi·cal [struh-tee-ji-kuhl] /strəˈti dʒɪ kəl/ .
- 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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How to use strategic in a sentence
These lofty strategical questions must not make me forget an equally vital munitions message just to hand.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Spent day in camp trying to straighten things out: the personal, the strategical and the administrative arrangements.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 | Ian Hamilton
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
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 battlefield: a strategic missile; strategic bombing
- strategically, adverb
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