non·​stra·​te·​gic ˌnän-strə-ˈtē-jik How to pronounce nonstrategic (audio)
: not of, relating to, marked by, or concerned with strategy : not strategic
an unplanned, nonstrategic decision
nonstrategic forces/weapons
This isn't to say that tonight's post-debate spin circus won't serve a variety of nonstrategic aims. For starters, it's a necessary evil to keep the networks happy.Michelle Cottle

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For starters, a single detonation of a nonstrategic nuclear warhead could equal the power of the U.S. atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 and cause thousands of casualties. Time, 4 Nov. 2022 According to the Defense Department, tactical nuclear weapons, sometimes called battlefield or nonstrategic nuclear weapons, were designed to be used on the battlefield. USA Today, 17 Oct. 2022 These are sometimes also called nonstrategic nuclear weapons. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2022 The company also plans to bring additional nonstrategic and real estate assets to market, with a focus on repaying $150 million to $200 million of debt this year. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2022 The other type of nuclear weapons are tactical, or nonstrategic, which the U.S. is more worried about today. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 23 Apr. 2022 Russia leaned heavily on nuclear arms, including nonstrategic or tactical nuclear weapons, in its military thinking, largely because of the decay of the Russian armed forces following the Soviet Union’s collapse. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2022 ViacomCBS agreed to sell its Simon & Schuster book publishing business to German media giant Bertelsmann for $2.18 billion, part of the broadcaster’s plan to exit nonstrategic businesses. Natalia Drozdiak, Fortune, 25 Nov. 2020 The company also launched a review of its operations with an eye to sell off nonstrategic business units and grow its refrigerants and cyanides businesses. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonstrategic was in 1864

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“Nonstrategic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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