operational meaning, operational definition | English Cobuild dictionary



1       adj   A machine or piece of equipment that is operational is in use or is ready for use.  
usu v-link ADJ  
The whole system will be fully operational by December 1995.     
2       adj   Operational factors or problems relate to the working of a system, device, or plan.  
usu ADJ n  
The nuclear industry was required to prove that every operational and safety aspect had been fully researched.     
  operationally      adv   ADV adj, ADV after v  
The device had been used operationally some months previously.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


functional, going, in working order, operative, prepared, ready, up and running, usable, viable, workable, working  
   broken, ineffective, inoperative, kaput     (informal)   nonfunctional, on the blink     (slang)   out of order  

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