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Definition of strategic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1done as part of a plan that is meant to achieve a particular purpose or to gain an advantage strategic planning a strategic decision to sell off part of the business Cameras were set up at strategic points (= in places where they would be most effective) along the route.
  2. 2connected with getting an advantage in a war or other military situation Guam was of vital strategic importance during the war. a strategic alliance the strategic bombing of communication centers
  3. 3(of weapons, especially nuclear weapons) intended to be fired at an enemy's country rather than used in a battle strategic missiles compare tactical
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adverb a strategically placed microphone a strategically important target
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