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

Other Words from positional

positionally adverb

Examples of positional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brosseau was acquired by the Brewers in the off-season via trade from Tampa Bay for his defense, positional versatility and ability to hit left-handed pitching. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Apr. 2022 The Chargers’ clearest positional options seem to be offensive tackle, wide receiver and cornerback. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The Cowboys dismissed any notion of positional urgency. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 That’s been the case with certain positional groups for years now. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The Iowa star is a consensus top-20 prospect, but positional value bumps him to the bottom of the first round. Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2022 The Lions also have a need at edge rusher, where Hutchinson and Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux are projected top-10 picks and generally provide more positional value. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 25 Feb. 2022 Cincinnati’s offensive line starters — Trey Hopkins, Hakeem Adenji, Isaiah Prince, Quinton Spain and Jonah Williams — will bear the game’s heaviest burden of any positional group. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2022 This is the second of 11 positional breakdowns leading up to the NFL Draft (April 28-April 30). Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of positional

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Positional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/positional. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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