Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to strategy.
  • adj. Important or essential in relation to a plan of action: a strategic withdrawal.
  • adj. Essential to the effective conduct of war: strategic materials.
  • adj. Highly important to an intended objective: The staff discussed strategic marketing factors.
  • adj. Intended to destroy the military potential of an enemy: strategic bombing.

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  • adj. of or pertaining to strategy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to strategy; effected by artifice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of strategy; demanded by, used in, or characterized by strategy: as, strategic movements.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. highly important to or an integral part of a strategy or plan of action especially in war
  • adj. relating to or concerned with strategy

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek στρατηγικός (strategikos, "of or for a general", also "a treatise on strategy"), from στρατηγός (strategos, "the leader or commander of an army, a general"), from στρατός (stratos, "army") + ἄγω (ago, "I lead, I conduct"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Such are _fronts of operations, strategic fronts, lines of defense_, and _strategic positions_.

    The Art of War

  • Besides territorial strategic lines, there are _strategic lines of maneuvers_.

    The Art of War

  • "I don´t believe in strategic businesses if ´strategic´ is code for losing money," Fiorina said.

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  • They even suggested that perhaps the term strategic accommodation might be more accurate.

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  • The term "strategic alternatives" can include options such as an acquisition by another company or an outside investment.

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  • The term "strategic" came up again earlier this year, when Ontario's provincial government set up a committee to debate a proposed merger between London Stock Exchange Group PLC and TMX Group Inc., operator of Canada's flagship Toronto Stock Exchange.

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  • In the words of scholar Bruce Gregory 2008, the term strategic communication is gaining traction.

    John Brown: Public Diplomacy: "Out" for the U.S., "In" Overseas?

  • The word strategic makes him feel like he is an important businessman, like he is El Presidente of the household.

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  • Meanwhile, back on the side of performance control another planning procedure occurs, one that in fact seems to be more common even though sometimes mistakenly given the name strategic planning.

    The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning

  • It wasn't until this past week when a colleague mentioned the term strategic default did I realize what was likely occurring.

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