adjective stra·te·gic \strə-ˈtē-jik\

: of or relating to a general plan that is created to achieve a goal in war, politics, etc., usually over a long period of time

: useful or important in achieving a plan or strategy

Full Definition of STRATEGIC

:  of, relating to, or marked by strategy <a strategic retreat>
a :  necessary to or important in the initiation, conduct, or completion of a strategic plan
b :  required for the conduct of war and not available in adequate quantities domestically <strategic materials>
c :  of great importance within an integrated whole or to a planned effect <emphasized strategic points>
:  designed or trained to strike an enemy at the sources of its military, economic, or political power <a strategic bomber>
stra·te·gi·cal \-ji-kəl\ adjective
stra·te·gi·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of STRATEGIC

  1. The bridges have great strategic value.
  2. The hill is located at a strategic position.

First Known Use of STRATEGIC

STRATEGICALLY Defined for Kids


adjective stra·te·gic \strə-ˈtē-jik\

Definition of STRATEGIC for Kids

:  relating to or showing the use of a plan or method to achieve a goal <… by checking the map at strategic intervals, Harry was able to ensure that he wouldn't run into anyone he wanted to avoid. — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire>
:  useful or important in military strategy <strategic weapons>


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