Definition of strategic
1 : of, relating to, or marked by strategy a strategic retreat
2a : necessary to or important in the initiation, conduct, or completion of a strategic planb : required for the conduct of war and not available in adequate quantities domestically strategic materialsc : of great importance within an integrated whole or to a planned effect emphasized strategic points
3 : designed or trained to strike an enemy at the sources of its military, economic, or political power a strategic bomber
strategicalplay \-ji-kəl\ adjective
strategicallyplay \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of strategic in a Sentence
The bridges have great strategic value.
The hill is located at a strategic position.
Recent Examples of strategic from the Web
Macron and Modi also discussed their countries’ strategic partnership.
Looking for a way to knock out what remained of the Pacific fleet, Japanese military leaders planned an ambush near Midway, a strategic U.S.-held atoll 1,300 miles northwest of Oahu.
In strategic terms, the 1967 war created one new reality that could not be denied: Arab state weakness and the rapidly fading prospect of destroying Israel by force, even in phases.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) Seven Years in Tibet (1997) Shivers (1975) Silverado (1985) Starman (1984) Stash House (2012) Strategic Air Command (1955) Stray Bullets (2016) Tracker (2011) Transit (2012)
Yet for the Beatles, that instant of cultural innocence was a strategic artistic opening.
All three had been among the five finalists for fire chief, and had submitted strategic plans for the department as part of that process.
Strategic Review Gorkov said in a statement issued by Vnesheconombank earlier this year that his meeting with Kushner was one of a series of meetings with foreign business leaders as part of a strategic review in 2016.
Residents have until June 12 to complete the Naperville Park District's online survey that will help create a new strategic plan later this year.
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First Known Use of strategic
STRATEGIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of strategic for English Language Learners
: of or relating to a general plan that is created to achieve a goal in war, politics, etc., usually over a long period of time
: useful or important in achieving a plan or strategy
STRATEGIC Defined for Kids
Definition of strategic for Students
1 : relating to or showing the use of a plan or method to achieve a goal … by checking the map at strategic intervals, Harry was able to ensure that he wouldn't run into anyone he wanted to avoid. — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire
2 : useful or important in military strategy strategic weapons
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