strategic

adjective stra·te·gic \ strə-ˈtē-jik \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of strategic

1 : of, relating to, or marked by strategy
  • a strategic retreat
2 a : necessary to or important in the initiation, conduct, or completion of a strategic plan
b : required for the conduct of war and not available in adequate quantities domestically
  • strategic materials
c : 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

strategical

play \-ji-kəl\ adjective

strategically

play \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of strategic in a Sentence

  1. The bridges have great strategic value.

  2. The hill is located at a strategic position.

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First Known Use of strategic

1799


STRATEGIC Defined for English Language Learners

strategic

adjective

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

strategic

adjective stra·te·gic \ strə-ˈtē-jik \

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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