Why was clemency trending last week?
1770, alteration of chirurgical; see surgery + -ical. Related: Surgically.
surgical strike: There is no such thing. Don't use unless in a quote, then question what that means. [Isaac Cubillos, "Military Reporters Stylebook and Reference Guide," 2010]
surgical sur·gi·cal (sûr'jĭ-kəl)adj.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of surgeons or surgery.
Used in surgery.
Resulting from or occurring after surgery.