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.
  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
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

Synonyms for strategic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for strategically

Contemporary Examples of strategically

Historical Examples of strategically

  • 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




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 Formsstrategically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for strategically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper