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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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British Dictionary definitions for strategically


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 strategically



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

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