noun, plural strategies.
Also, strategics. the science or art of combining and employing the means of war in planning and directing large military movements and operations.
the use or an instance of using this science or art.
skillful use of a stratagem: The salesperson's strategy was to seem always to agree with the customer.
a plan, method, or series of maneuvers or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result: a strategy for getting ahead in the world.

1680–90; < Greek stratēgía generalship, equivalent to stratēg(ós) military commander, general (strat(ós) army + -ēgos noun derivative of ágein to lead) + -ia -y3

counterstrategy, noun, plural counterstrategies.

stratagem, strategy, tactic (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. In military usage, a distinction is made between strategy and tactics., Strategy is the utilization, during both peace and war, of all of a nation's forces, through large-scale, long-range planning and development, to ensure security or victory. Tactics deals with the use and deployment of troops in actual combat. Unabridged
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strategy (ˈstrætɪdʒɪ)
n , pl -gies
1.  the art or science of the planning and conduct of a war; generalship
2.  Compare tactics a particular long-term plan for success, esp in business or politics
3.  a plan or stratagem
[C17: from French stratégie, from Greek stratēgia function of a general; see stratagem]

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Word Origin & History

1810, "art of a general," from Fr. stratégie, from Gk. strategia "office or command of a general," from strategos "general," from stratos "multitude, army, expedition," lit. "that which is spread out" (see structure) + agos "leader," from agein "to lead" (see
act). Strategic "pertaining to strategy" is from 1825.
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Example sentences
Continue to develop an energy reduction plan and strategy.
Instead, it seemed that every idea and action was contrived extemporaneously,
  and without scheme or strategy.
For this point must be borne constantly in mind-the money spent to date was
  spent with a view only to strategy.
The best strategy is to shake snow off or knock it off with a broom to keep it
  from building up.
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