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[op-uh-rey-shuh-nl] /ˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃə nl/
able to function or be used; functional:
How soon will the new factory be operational?
  1. of, relating to, or involved in military operations.
  2. on active service or combat duty:
    All units of the command are operational.
of or relating to operations or an operation.
Origin of operational
1920-25; operation + -al1
Related forms
operationally, adverb
nonoperational, adjective
preoperational, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for operational
  • We conclude that the initiation of large-scale operational weather modification programs would be premature.
  • Forward-thinking initiatives here also include operational biogas plants fueled by sewage treatment facilities.
  • The ship's water pump was non-operational at the time, resulting in the capsizing of the ship.
  • It's unlikely that universities would look to the business world as an operational model to emulate, but they should.
  • Committees can become too large and unfocused, and lose track of their operational and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Ensures operational costs are in line with relevant budgetary controls.
  • Must demonstrate excellent organizational, communication and operational management skills.
  • The benefit of such an approach can be far more than operational cost savings.
  • Language learning is thus much more than becoming operational in an environment different than one's own.
  • Requiring a match, preferably out of operational funds, may help.
British Dictionary definitions for operational


of or relating to an operation or operations
in working order and ready for use
(military) capable of, needed in, or actually involved in operations
Derived Forms
operationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for operational

1922, "pertaining to operation," from operation + -al (1). Meaning "in a state of functionality" is from 1944.

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