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OPERATIONAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does operational mean? 

OPERATIONAL (adjective)
  The adjective OPERATIONAL has 4 senses:

1. pertaining to a process or series of actions for achieving a result
2. fit or ready for use or service
3. of or intended for or involved in military operations
4. being in effect or operation

  Familiarity information: OPERATIONAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OPERATIONAL (adjective)


Sense 1operational [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pertaining to a process or series of actions for achieving a result

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

operational difficulties / they assumed their operational positions

Pertainym:

operation (a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work)


Sense 2operational [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fit or ready for use or service

Synonyms:

useable; in working order; operable; operational; usable; functional

Context examples:

the toaster was still functional even after being dropped / the lawnmower is a bit rusty but still usable / an operational aircraft / the dishwasher is now in working order

Similar:

serviceable (ready for service or able to give long service)


Sense 3operational [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or intended for or involved in military operations

Similar:

active; combat-ready; fighting (engaged in or ready for military or naval operations)

effective (ready for service)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Antonym:

nonoperational (not involved in military operations)


Sense 4operational [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being in effect or operation

Synonyms:

in operation; operating; operational

Context examples:

de facto apartheid is still operational even in the 'new' African nations / bus service is in operation during the emergency / the company had several operating divisions

Similar:

operative (being in force or having or exerting force)


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