pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature
of strategy: strategic movements.
important in or essential to strategy.
(of an action, as a military operation or a move in a game) forming an integral part of a stratagem: a strategic move in a game of chess.
4. Military. a.
intended to render the enemy incapable of making war, as by the destruction of materials, factories, etc.: a strategic bombing mission.
essential to the conduct of a war: Copper is a strategic material.
Origin: 1815–25; Related forms
< Greek stratēgikós,
equivalent to stratēg
) general (see strategy
+ -ikos -ic
2. opportune, critical, key, principal, crucial.