po·si·tion·al | \pə-ˈzi-sh(ə-)nəl \

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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positionally adverb

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One said the players moved on to positional drills after the sprints. Catherine Rentz, baltimoresun.com, "After Jordan McNair's death, Maryland's DJ Durkin, Damon Evans assure parents they are 'safety first'," 23 June 2018 Gyorko also offers positional versatility, qualifying in most fantasy leagues at first and third, in addition to second. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Finding Replacements for Robinson Cano on the Waiver Wire," 18 May 2018 Two teams that have their sights set on a deep run in the tournament, dueling it out for top spot in Group G with both bragging rights and the positional advantage that comes with finishing first? Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Will England and Belgium both try to lose? They might be crazy not to," 26 June 2018 Rodri has been part of the Villarreal first team since the 2015/16 season and is noted for his positional sense and aerial ability. SI.com, "Atletico Madrid Announce Summer Signing of Villarreal and Spain Midfielder Rodri," 24 May 2018 Fixing the defense has been a true challenge and a headache for Paunovic, who has created multiple positional combinations in search of a solution. José Luis Sánchez Pando, chicagotribune.com, "The Chicago Fire reinforce their battered defense," 12 July 2018 Hernandez said his positional move has not only taken better advantage of his strong arm but also given him more time to spend with Reading hitting coach Kevin Riggs — a commitment that is clearly paying off. Ben Pope, Philly.com, "Phillies prospect Jan Hernandez hopes all-star selection puts him 'on the map'," 11 July 2018 Orlando’s biggest positional need is at point guard because incumbent starter D.J. Augustin is the only point guard on the roster. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Magic quiet on 1st day of free agency," 2 July 2018 Regardless, erstwhile backup Kellen Moore will now be overseeing a very young QB room as Dallas' new positional coach. 28. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL backup QBs by team: Who has best contingency plan?," 27 June 2018

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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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: relating to the position of someone or something

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