strategic

[struh-tee-jik]
adjective
1.
pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of strategy: strategic movements.
2.
important in or essential to strategy.
3.
(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.
b.
essential to the conduct of a war: Copper is a strategic material.
Also, strategical.


Origin:
1815–25; < Greek stratēgikós, equivalent to stratēg(ós) general (see strategy + -ikos -ic

strategically, adverb
nonstrategic, adjective
nonstrategical, adjective
nonstrategically, adverb
unstrategic, adjective
unstrategical, adjective
unstrategically, adverb


2. opportune, critical, key, principal, crucial.
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strategic or strategical (strəˈtiːdʒɪk)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or characteristic of strategy
2.  important to a strategy or to strategy in general
3.  (of weapons, attacks, etc) directed against an enemy's homeland rather than used on a battlefield: a strategic missile; strategic bombing
 
strategical or strategical
 
adj
 
stra'tegically or strategical
 
adv

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Example sentences
Enhance your landscape by using urns strategically.
Mirrors strategically positioned also create an illusion of space in cramped
  patios.
Their kingdoms are modest: eateries strategically positioned near summer travel
  destinations.
We sat facing them, yet avoiding eye contact, and strategically positioned our
  feet to avoid knocking knees.
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