Definition of strategic in US English:

strategic

adjective

  • 1Relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them.

    ‘the company should take strategic actions to cope with fundamental changes in the environment’
    ‘strategic planning for the organization is the responsibility of top management’
    • ‘The outcome is transparency to all stakeholders that is systematically incorporated as part of the overall strategic planning and business operations process.’
    • ‘When groups with similar interests create strategic alliances, they are much more likely to achieve their goals.’
    • ‘The government is spending vast amounts of energy and money trying to drive change in the telecommunications sector without achieving commensurate strategic impact.’
    • ‘The question is whether the increased vigilance comes at the expense of long-term strategic planning.’
    • ‘Those last-minute creative rushes bring a vibrancy and an energy to catwalk presentations that no amount of strategic planning can ever achieve.’
    • ‘Every meeting should be skilfully chaired to achieve consensus over strategic issues.’
    • ‘Progress in achieving our strategic goals is contained in this Report.’
    • ‘Secondly, there appears to be a general aversion among Labor and Democrats to long-term policy planning and strategic thinking.’
    • ‘Kildare Town is designated as a secondary growth town under the strategic planning guidelines with considerable house building going on, and plans in track for more.’
    • ‘It was not a strategic planning decision affected by considerations of public interest.’
    • ‘For Australian companies like us, the situation with the Australian dollar makes it difficult to achieve your strategic ambitions.’
    • ‘The rule of law eventually punishes and minimizes corruption and theft, which is one reason democracy is a strategic weapon against terrorism.’
    • ‘They can also be used for the basis of better short term pragmatic decision making and long term strategic planning.’
    • ‘This was to measure the effect an e-business package might have on the company's structure, strategic planning and overall way of doing business.’
    • ‘As yet, however, there is little evidence of strategic planning to achieve such a framework.’
    • ‘Under this method, goals in each area are assigned one or more measures considered necessary for achieving a desired strategic success.’
    • ‘Once they have successfully flown the next two or three missions, NASA will have to begin some difficult long-term strategic planning.’
    • ‘I found it interesting that strategic planning, problem-solving and common sense did not even make the top 10.’
    • ‘The rapid growth in the older adult market over the next few decades is a factor every health and fitness club must consider in their strategic planning.’
    • ‘The strategic intent to achieve more for less was translated into central policy directives.’
    planned, calculated, deliberate
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    1. 1.1 Carefully designed or planned to serve a particular purpose or advantage.
      ‘alarms are positioned at strategic points around the prison’
      • ‘In the competitive airline industry, maintenance is not just an added expense, but a strategic resource for winning customer loyalty and controlling costs.’
      • ‘This paper proposes the utilization of a novel technique for feeder voltage drop mitigation at strategic locations.’
      • ‘A year after the group's last strategic overhaul, the plan appears to be another attempt to turn around the newspapers.’
      • ‘The systems world provides management designs, strategic and tactical actions, policies, and procedures.’
      • ‘Bridgewater has a great deal to offer in terms of being a strategic location for industrial, commercial, retail, and service sector development.’
      • ‘The plan has made an assessment of the extent of areas which could be considered to be ‘strategic locations’.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Relating to the gaining of overall or long-term military advantage.
      ‘New Orleans was of strategic importance’
      ‘a hazard to British strategic and commercial interests’
      • ‘No longer would the Fort Limhi serve as a strategic location in Young's plan of last resort.’
      • ‘The Soviets achieve a long-desired southern strategic goal, isolating Turkey, opening a route to the Indian Ocean and the Eastern Mediterranean.’
      • ‘It means achieving the strategic goals for which we've gone to war in the first place.’
      • ‘According to Shimizu, Japan set up a Japanese Legation in Baghdad in 1939, for political and strategic purposes, as part of its Islamic policy.’
      • ‘It would also be in the nation's long-term strategic interests.’
      • ‘Commanders need a plan, a tactical set of readiness indicators pointed toward achieving an overall strategic state of readiness.’
      • ‘Imperialism depended on dominating, humiliating and exploiting others, and on drawing artificial boundaries for European strategic purposes.’
      • ‘This is difficult to judge because diplomatic and strategic considerations are involved.’
      • ‘It is a 1, 000-year-old state with its own long-term strategic interests.’
      • ‘The cynical exploitation of international conflicts to wage war to achieve such a crass strategic end is what makes this war so immoral.’
      • ‘Implicit in his argument is the belief that American foreign policy flows from strategic considerations of national interest.’
      • ‘The militants intend to take further advantage of a wider information operations campaign as a strategic weapon.’
      • ‘The French government's motives are bound up with the defence of its own diplomatic and strategic interests.’
      • ‘The change is not in profitability, the change is in the mutual long-term strategic interests of the United States and Pakistan.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the 15th century artillery emerged as a strategic weapons system.’
      • ‘What we need today is a leadership that is able to identify India's strategic interests clearly and tries to achieve them by navigating skillfully through these turbulent times.’
      • ‘In light of these needs, Kennedy urged that Bulgaria should emphasise long-term strategic planning.’
      • ‘This raises the question as to whether we in Australia is applying our limited resources in our best long-term strategic interests.’
      • ‘It is extremely difficult to merge companies in general, but even more so companies that have been from their birth so identified with strategic national interests.’
    3. 1.3 (of human or material resources) essential in fighting a war.
      ‘the strategic forces on Russian territory’
      • ‘Not satisfied with military and economic dominance, they want to extend their empire and control more strategic resources.’
      • ‘I found that Michael Klare has written an uneven but topical text on strategic resources.’
      • ‘‘Water is a strategic resource which needs to be consumed, therefore we can not afford to lose a drop, we have to save water’, the mayor said.’
      • ‘When each failed to win control of the central state, the locus of conflict shifted to major strategic resources such as cities and ports, fragmenting the clan alliances.’
      • ‘Is it feasible for a country like Namibia to procure a national strategic resource like petroleum from a single source?’
      • ‘The energy transportation systems of the Caspian region were originally designed and built to serve the strategic needs of the Soviet Union.’
      • ‘The objectives pursued by the United States involved the preservation of its access to strategic resources and geographical position.’
      • ‘Elite groups are engaged in an internecine struggle for control of the continent's strategic resources.’
      • ‘The key to this scheme for world hegemony is unchallenged rule over the Eurasian continent and control of its strategic resources, first and foremost, petroleum.’
      • ‘So issues such as occupation, control over strategic resources and imperialism are never brought up.’
      • ‘For Japan, the South China Sea and the waters off Taiwan are vital for transporting oil and other important strategic resources.’
      • ‘Europe cannot afford to allow an African head of state to make it look weak and foolish when the US is using its unparalleled military strength to stake a claim to strategic resources all over the world.’
      • ‘The beginning of the Cold War intensified anxieties about the nation's supply of strategic resources.’
      • ‘This new relationship involves a direct exchange of strategic resources.’
      • ‘Secondly, the US's determination to control the world's most strategic resources will lead to further invasions and occupations.’
      • ‘Direct defense refers to the use of armed forces to thwart an adversary's attempt to capture or destroy possessions such as territory, population, and strategic resources.’
      • ‘The oil/gas recovery sector is also related to state security and involves strategic resources.’
      • ‘Being the most important strategic resource in the world, it will continue to be what shapes the future.’
      • ‘This is a priceless strategic resource, and the Army's major contribution today to the formulation of national strategy.’
      • ‘In future, foreign companies will be allowed only a minority holding in firms applying for licences to tap and extract strategic resources like oil and gas.’
      essential, key, vital, crucial, critical, important
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    4. 1.4 (of bombing or weapons) done or for use against industrial areas and communication centers of enemy territory as a long-term military objective.
      ‘strategic nuclear missiles’
      Often contrasted with tactical
      • ‘One could argue that such a missile defence system would bring about the abandonment of ballistic missiles as strategic weapons.’
      • ‘A terrorist organization may camp in remote desert caves beyond the reach of strategic bombing or cruise missiles, but its activities depend crucially upon financing.’
      • ‘During the Cold War, the threat of strategic attack using nuclear weapons dominated air force war planning.’
      • ‘When we come back, a look at the history of hostage-taking as a strategic weapons of guerilla warfare.’
      • ‘He is widely regarded as a leading proponent of strategic bombing to break the enemy will, and his philosophies echoed throughout the Cold War.’
      • ‘This included the strategic bombing of Halifax and first-strike use of poison gas, if necessary.’
      • ‘As a World War II bomber pilot, I appreciate the role of both tactical and strategic bombing in all-out warfare.’
      • ‘After all, NATO had declared their intention of bombing only strategic military targets.’
      • ‘Several decades ago, the USSR developed nuclear weapons and strategic missiles.’
      • ‘From May 1944, the strategic bombing of Germany entered a new stage, destroying not only war production, but also supply routes and oil refineries.’
      • ‘A strategic weapon is not effective unless it can deliver the desired and verifiable results.’
      • ‘Ask yourself what you expect of strategic bombing, or more specifically, what is strategic bombing?’
      • ‘Prior to WWII air power advocates considered strategic bombing to be key to breaking enemy production capacity and civilian morale.’
      • ‘As regards economic factors, the submarine campaign had shut down Japanese industry before strategic bombing even started.’
      • ‘The book ends with a quick run through the use of strategic bombing since 1945.’
      • ‘Sullivan makes it clear that the Army Air Forces had a preference for strategic bombing, which is not surprising.’
      • ‘The United States has spent a trillion dollars on nuclear strategic weapons, such as missiles, submarines and bombers.’
      • ‘In its main role as a strategic weapon, the payload would be a 200 kiloton nuclear warhead (not that it is suggested that the warheads were sold).’
      • ‘At the centre of the strategy was a commitment to strategic bombing, the long-range and independent assault on the economic and military infrastructure of the enemy state.’
      • ‘It would provoke the antagonism of many Russian politicians and embolden those who were opposed to negotiations with the United States to reduce nuclear and other strategic weapons.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

strategic

/strəˈtējik//strəˈtidʒɪk/