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Definition of "operational" []

  • Of or relating to an operation or a series of operations. (adjective)
  • Of, intended for, or involved in military operations. (adjective)
  • Fit for proper functioning; ready for use: an operational aircraft. (adjective)
  • Being in effect or operation: "de facto apartheid still operational even in the 'new' African nations” ( Leslie Marmon Silko). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "operational" in a sentence
  • "In the defense as well as the offense, the term operational formation refers to the basic organization for combat by an army or army group."
  • "Yet for the past 12 months it has been working to do more with that knowledge by implementing what it calls operational CRM."
  • "Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert Bonner often speaks about gaining what he calls operational control of the border."