What does operational mean?

Definitions for operational
ˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃə nlop·er·a·tional

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. operationaladjective

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

    "operational difficulties"; "they assumed their operational positions"

  2. functional, usable, useable, operable, operationaladjective

    fit or ready for use or service

    "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"

  3. operationaladjective

    (military) of or intended for or involved in military operations

  4. operational, in operation(p), operating(a)adjective

    being in effect or operation

    "de facto apartheid is still operational even in the `new' African nations"- Leslie Marmon Silko; "bus service is in operation during the emergency"; "the company had several operating divisions"


  1. operationaladjective

    of or relating to operations, especially military operations

  2. operationaladjective

    functioning and ready for use

  3. operationaladjective

    effective or operative


  1. operational

    An operational definition specifies concrete, replicable procedures designed to represent a construct. In the words of American psychologist S.S. Stevens (1935), "An operation is the performance which we execute in order to make known a concept." For example, an operational definition of "fear" (the construct) often includes measurable physiologic responses that occur in response to a perceived threat. Thus, "fear" might be operationally defined as specified changes in heart rate, galvanic skin response, pupil dilation, and blood pressure.


  1. operational

    Operational generally refers to the routine functions, activities or processes carried out to achieve a specific objective or goal. It can be related to an organization's daily operations, such as production operations, or it can be used in the context of systems or equipment, where "operational" means "in working order" or "functional." In a broader sense, operational can refer to anything associated with the operations or functioning of an organization, system, or process.

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'operational' in Adjectives Frequency: #712

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of operational in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of operational in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of operational in a Sentence

  1. State Department spokesman John Kirby:

    We have seen some press reporting to that end, we have seen some Syrian civil society groups say that, i would tell you that we have other operational information that leads us to believe that Russian targeting has not only not been focused on ISIL( Islamic State) but has, in fact, caused collateral damage and some civilian casualties, to include some civil infrastructure.

  2. Wang Yi:

    I think China's SSMs - surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island ... Its new radars on Cuarteron Reef ... The 10,000-foot runway on Subi Reef ... and on Fiery Cross Reef and other places; these are actions that are changing in my opinion the operational landscape in the South China Sea.

  3. Premier Rachel Notley:

    Playing around with that is something that one would have to be very careful with, so the idea of having it fund operational or specific capital projects is not something that I think aligns with the values of Albertans or the way they see that fund.

  4. Outgoing Walgreens CEO Steffano Pessina:

    Rosalind Brewer?Brewer relentless focus on the customer, talent development, operational rigor and strong expertise in digital and technological transformation are exactly what [ Walgreens ] needs as the company enters its next chapter.

  5. Pete Saenz:

    There’s so much pressure to handle these migrants, I think they’re doing the best they can, but again I go to your question... why not send them further north to a community that’s better prepared and equipped to handle all operational aspects of these migrants?

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