po·​si·​tion·​al | \ pə-ˈzi-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce positional (audio) \

Definition of positional

1 : of, relating to, or fixed by position positional astronomy
2 : involving little movement positional warfare
3 : dependent on position or environment or context the front-articulated \k\ in \kē\ key and the back-articulated \k\ in \kül\ cool are positional variants

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Other Words from positional

positionally adverb

Examples of positional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After at least a year of tinkering — with personnel, schemes, positional roles — Edsall said things have begun to fall into place. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "UConn defensive players feel optimism after improved showing against Wagner," 6 Sep. 2019 According to Sports Info Solutions, outfielders who have moved from center field to a corner outfield position since 2003 (when DRS came into existence) have averaged an improvement of eight runs upon the positional change. Richard Morin, azcentral, "How analytics helped Diamondbacks' Adam Jones get quicker amid transition to right field," 17 June 2019 Again, the Heat often will present lineups and cycle through lineups where the positional delineations are indistinguishable. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Are Heat positioned for lineup issues?," 17 Sep. 2019 Fitch was a 64-year-old coach who had no idea that multi-positional players such as Barry were actually useful. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Bill Fitch’s last coaching job may have been his best," 4 Sep. 2019 Bale's first was a simple tap-in on the stroke of half time and pointed to a potential positional shift into a more rounded forward, mirroring the transition Ronaldo made from speedy wide player into devastating goal poacher. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Could Gareth Bale be Real Madrid's unlikely hero this season?," 2 Sep. 2019 Mitchell has lots of reps serving as a lead offensive option in Utah, including during two playoff runs, while Brown is exactly the type of two-way, multi-positional athlete that has long thrived in USAB's system. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "The NBA’s big stars passed on USA Basketball. Here’s what the roster could look like.," 5 Aug. 2019 But the Warriors know how to use these multi-positional types across the board, and Horton-Tucker could develop very well under their tutelage. 58. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "NBA draft: What mock drafts have Warriors doing at 28 and 58," 20 June 2019 Why is positional spending at running back on the decline? Neil Greenberg, The Denver Post, "Ezekiel Elliott cashed in with a massive deal. The numbers say he isn’t worth it.," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of positional

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of positional was circa 1560

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English Language Learners Definition of positional

: relating to the position of someone or something

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not being in agreement or harmony

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