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 Elijah Molden is a fantastic slot cornerback prospect who has the positional flex to play safety as well. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Giants, including Dalton Schultz’s potential next season," 4 Jan. 2021 As for Tyler Herro as the starting point guard, first of all, Spoelstra assuredly would cringe at that positional designation. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Are KZ Okpala, Tyler Herro miscast in Heat rotation?," 27 Dec. 2020 On paper, Ohio State football’s 2021 signing class met a lofty goal of finding high-end talent to meet positional needs. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Watch Ohio State football coach Ryan Day break down the 2021 signing class: Buckeye recruiting," 17 Dec. 2020 The Warriors used part of their $17.2 million trade exception on Kelly Oubre Jr., who will provide positional versatility and physicality as both a capable wing defender and perimeter shooter. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA offseason grades: From Bucks to Lakers and beyond, which teams have set up themselves for success?," 16 Dec. 2020 Before his injury, Durant had cemented himself over the course of 12 seasons as one of the best scorers in the league because of his footwork, post-up moves and positional versatility. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Kevin Durant returns to court but seeks bigger challenge: 'I have to play against the best players in the league'," 14 Dec. 2020 Hartline wants more receivers in the mold of Wilson — athletes who transcend positional designations, who can be moved around the field to put maximum pressure on defenses. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "What Emeka Egbuka’s commitment means for Ohio State football: Buckeye recruiting," 12 Dec. 2020 Collins has the size (6-4, 260), athleticism and positional flexibility that will cause most defensive coordinators to drool. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Mock Draft: First-round projections," 9 Dec. 2020 Plumlee was a backup center for the Denver Nuggets last season, and the market for traditional centers has declined in recent years with NBA teams prioritizing positional versatility and spacing. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "4 takeaways from Pistons' news conference: Troy Weaver says don't worry about dead money," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Positional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/positional. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of positional

: relating to the position of someone or something

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