(also less frequent strategical) [usually before noun]
1 done as part of a plan that is meant to achieve a particular purpose or to gain an advantage
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 connected with getting an advantage in a war or other military situation
Malta was of vital strategic importance during the war.
a strategic alliance
the strategic bombing of communication centres
3 (of weapons, especially nuclear weapons)
intended to be fired at an enemy's country rather than used in a battle
a strategically placed microphone
a strategically important target