Definition of strategic in English:

strategic

Line breaks: stra|tegic
Pronunciation: /strəˈtiːdʒɪk
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them: strategic planning for the organization is the responsibility of top management
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    • Those last-minute creative rushes bring a vibrancy and an energy to catwalk presentations that no amount of strategic planning can ever achieve.
    • As yet, however, there is little evidence of strategic planning to achieve such a framework.
    • The outcome is transparency to all stakeholders that is systematically incorporated as part of the overall strategic planning and business operations process.
    Synonyms
    planned, calculated, deliberate; tactical, politic, judicious, prudent, clever, shrewd, well thought out
  • 1.1Designed or planned to serve a particular purpose: alarms are positioned at strategic points around the prison
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    • The systems world provides management designs, strategic and tactical actions, policies, and procedures.
    • A year after the group's last strategic overhaul, the plan appears to be another attempt to turn around the newspapers.
    • Downing Street denies the allegation, but the tenor and content of the chatter in the days leading up to their departure reveal some form of strategic plan directed towards engineering a tangible return from the visit.
  • 2Relating to the gaining of overall or long-term military advantage: Newark Castle was of strategic importance British strategic and commercial interests
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    • In the 15th century artillery emerged as a strategic weapons system.
    • They became too much an organ of the Nazi Party and were used more for its own ends than to help fulfil strategic military objectives.
    • The militants intend to take further advantage of a wider information operations campaign as a strategic weapon.
  • 2.1(Of human or material resources) essential in fighting a war: a large strategic air force
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    • This is a priceless strategic resource, and the Army's major contribution today to the formulation of national strategy.
    • I found that Michael Klare has written an uneven but topical text on strategic resources.
    • For Japan, the South China Sea and the waters off Taiwan are vital for transporting oil and other important strategic resources.
    Synonyms
  • 2.2(Of bombing or weapons) done or for use against industrial areas and communication centres of enemy territory as a long-term military objective: strategic nuclear missiles Often contrasted with tactical.
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    • Several decades ago, the USSR developed nuclear weapons and strategic missiles.
    • During the Cold War, the threat of strategic attack using nuclear weapons dominated air force war planning.
    • Prior to WWII air power advocates considered strategic bombing to be key to breaking enemy production capacity and civilian morale.

Derivatives

strategical

adjective
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  • As Deputy Chair, Johnson will advise the DNC Chairman and staff in many key areas, including political and media strategical planning and community outreach.
  • ‘I hope China will improve on their strategical combination,’ he said.
  • At this point in time, it is highly unlikely anyone has all the strategical and tactical answers certain to lead to entirely satisfactory outcomes.

strategically

adverb
[as submodifier]: a strategically placed mirror
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  • Finally, we share an interest in fighting terrorism and in creating a strategically stable Asia.
  • Even the strategically important area of motion pictures has admitted private enterprises.
  • The country is also strategically positioned between North and South America.

Origin

early 19th century: from French stratégique, from Greek stratēgikos, from stratēgos (see stratagem).

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