1 cardinal, critical, crucial, decisive, important, key, vital
2 calculated, deliberate, diplomatic, planned, politic, tactical
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1 adj Strategic means relating to the most important, general aspects of something such as a military operation or political policy, especially when these are decided in advance.
usu ADJ n
...the new strategic thinking which NATO leaders produced at the recent London summit..., The island is of strategic importance to France.
...strategically important roads, bridges and buildings.
2 adj Strategic weapons are very powerful missiles that can be fired only after a decision to use them has been made by a political leader.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: tactical)
...strategic nuclear weapons.
3 adj If you put something in a strategic position, you place it cleverly in a position where it will be most useful or have the most effect.
usu ADJ n
...the marble benches Eve had placed at strategic points throughout the gardens, where the views were spectacular.
strategically adv usu ADV -ed
We had kept its presence hidden with a strategically placed chair.
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