op·​er·​a·​tion·​al ˌä-pə-ˈrā-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce operational (audio)
: of or relating to operation or to an operation
the operational gap between planning and production
: of, relating to, or based on operations
: of, engaged in, or connected with execution of military or naval operations in campaign or battle
: ready for or in condition to undertake a destined function
operationally adverb

Examples of operational in a Sentence

The new airport should be fully operational by next year. The computer network is now operational.
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Word History


operation + -al entry 1

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of operational was in 1885

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“Operational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operational. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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op·​er·​a·​tion·​al ˌäp-ə-ˈrā-shnəl How to pronounce operational (audio)
: of or relating to operation or an operation
: ready for operation

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op·​er·​a·​tion·​al ˌä-pə-ˈrā-shə-nəl How to pronounce operational (audio)

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