lo·​gis·​tic | \ lō-ˈji-stik How to pronounce logistic (audio) , lə- \
variants: or logistical \ lō-​ˈji-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce logistic (audio) , lə-​ \

Definition of logistic

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1a : of or relating to symbolic logic
b : of or relating to the philosophical attempt to reduce mathematics to logic
2 : of or relating to logistics a logistic problem
3 logistic : of, represented by, or relating to a logistic curve a logistic process



Definition of logistic (Entry 2 of 2)

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logistically \ lō-​ˈji-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce logistic (audio) , lə-​ \ adverb

Examples of logistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective State officials say the new strategy, which stands in opposition to guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is an acknowledgement of logistic realities. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Connecticut’s new COVID-19 vaccine plan is meant to prioritize speed and equity. But experts are divided on whether the new strategy will accomplish those goals," 25 Feb. 2021 Also, while the US only recently adopted the strategy of using the military for logistic support during Covid-19 vaccination, the approach is not new to some African countries. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz Africa, "African countries have an advantage in rolling out Covid-19 vaccines," 19 Feb. 2021 Under Trump, the United States had been the highest-profile — and most deep-pocketed — holdout from the COVAX Facility, which has struggled to meet its goals of distributing millions of vaccines both because of financial and logistic difficulties. Jamey Keaten, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat," 21 Jan. 2021 The store is expected to bring between 25 and 30 new jobs to the community, including sales and logistic supervisors, senior associates, sales associates, and seasonal opportunities. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, Nov. 5," 5 Nov. 2020 In Spain, vaccines were held up by a logistic problem in Belgium and will be delayed until Tuesday. James Regan, Bloomberg.com, "Europe Rushes to Boost Vaccine Output to Speed Up Pandemic Exit," 28 Dec. 2020 There’s so many more great creative and logistic choices going on in making a movie or a show, and to be part of all of that was fulfilling. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Adam Brody on Surfing His “Brains Out” With Leighton Meester," 21 Dec. 2020 Almost 30 million square feet of new warehouse and logistic buildings is under construction in North Texas. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Distribution of COVID-19 vaccine could put the pinch on cold storage providers," 11 Nov. 2020 Beyond the logistic realities of the election, Mother Nature seems likely to continue to spring disasters on us in the weeks ahead. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "A Dangerous Year in America Enters Its Most Dangerous Month," 5 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Obstacles abound, including the complex logistics of testing a workforce, the cost of a large-scale program, and the privacy concerns raised by employers taking on an unusually invasive role in their workers’ health. Fortune, "Quest Diagnostics is offering coronavirus testing services to large employers," 27 May 2020 The German Bundesliga resumed play in empty stadiums earlier this month after a two-month hiatus; other major leagues in Europe, including the Premier League, are trying to figure out the logistics of getting back to play. Eddie Pells, Houston Chronicle, "Dash, NWSL returning to play with summertime tournament in Utah," 27 May 2020 The live team is only able to feature one designer and one garden because of the logistics of a live event. oregonlive, "Though Portland’s 2020 ANLD tour is off, the gardens are still a beauty to behold," 27 May 2020 Hickson’s ability to stay in school depended on his methadone treatment, which was hard to balance with the logistics of both school and life in a tent. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "A Window Onto an American Nightmare," 25 May 2020 Still, the logistics of how that will work remain unclear. John Benson, cleveland, "Fairview Park City School District creates Reimagine School Task Force to plan for uncertain 2020-2021 school year," 22 May 2020 The logistics of playing two sports in college are challenging, to say the least. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State target Keon Coleman dominates in two sports: 'A kid that doesn't stop'," 22 May 2020 The pandemic may pose the same health and economic challenges to every country, but there are unanswered questions about manufacturer returns on investments, production capacities, and the logistics of distribution, among other things. Ed Silverman, STAT, "WHO embraces plan for Covid-19 intellectual property pool," 15 May 2020 Pastor Tony Alstott wanted to figure out the logistics before opening to the public. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "What in-person services looked like in Southern Indiana as churches reopened amid COVID-19," 10 May 2020

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1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Logistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logistic. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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