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[struh-tee-jik] /strəˈti dʒɪk/
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.
  1. intended to render the enemy incapable of making war, as by the destruction of materials, factories, etc.:
    a strategic bombing mission.
  2. essential to the conduct of a war:
    Copper is a strategic material.
Also, strategical.
Origin of strategic
1815-25; < Greek stratēgikós, equivalent to stratēg(ós) general (see strategy + -ikos -ic
Related forms
strategically, adverb
nonstrategic, adjective
nonstrategical, adjective
nonstrategically, adverb
unstrategic, adjective
unstrategical, adjective
unstrategically, adverb
2. opportune, critical, key, principal, crucial. Unabridged
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  • He sees how the world can be made better with the strategic and daring use of time, talent and resources.
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  • But although robots have clear tactical advantages, they carry a heavy strategic price.
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  • What we're talking about here is strategic human resource management.
  • Fronts and eddys can be, under the right oceanographic conditions, a strategic place to hide a hunted submarine.
  • We do something that makes sense and is of strategic value to the country.
  • Another is that they will consider evolution of the strategic plan.
  • The effect was sometimes disappointing, but it made strategic sense.
British Dictionary definitions for strategic


of, relating to, or characteristic of strategy
important to a strategy or to strategy in general
(of weapons, attacks, etc) directed against an enemy's homeland rather than used on a battlefield: a strategic missile, strategic bombing
Derived Forms
strategically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for strategic

"pertaining to strategy," 1825; see strategy + -ic. Related: Strategical; strategically.

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