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strategic

[struh-tee-jik]
adjective
  1. pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of strategy: strategic movements.
  2. important in or essential to strategy.
  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. essential to the conduct of a war: Copper is a strategic material.
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Sometimes stra·te·gi·cal.

Origin of strategic

1815–25; < Greek stratēgikós, equivalent to stratēg(ós) general (see strategy + -ikos -ic
Related formsstra·te·gi·cal·ly, adverbnon·stra·te·gic, adjectivenon·stra·te·gi·cal, adjectivenon·stra·te·gi·cal·ly, adverbun·stra·te·gic, adjectiveun·stra·te·gi·cal, adjectiveun·stra·te·gi·cal·ly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for strategically

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Historical Examples

  • Geographically and strategically considered, it is a curious place.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Is there anything like it, strategically and trade wise, in the East?

    East of Suez

    Frederic Courtland Penfield

  • Strategically there was still less reason for underrating it.

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers

  • It was now clear that his position was strategically most unfavourable.

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill

  • It is not strategically located (it is all but inaccessible).

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin


British Dictionary definitions for strategically

strategic

strategical

adjective
  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 battlefielda strategic missile; strategic bombing
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Derived Formsstrategically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for strategically

strategic

adj.

"pertaining to strategy," 1825; see strategy + -ic. Related: Strategical; strategically.

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