operational op‧e‧ra‧tion‧al [ˌɒpəˈreɪʆnəl◂ ǁ ˌɑː-] adjective
1. working or able to be used:

• Even when the new system is fully operational it will be subject to important conditions.

• The power station will become operational next year.

• These vehicles have an operational life of five years.

2. [only before a noun] related to the running of a business, government etc:

• You will be in charge of day-to-day operational matters.

• Our operational budget is over £1,100 million.

• We need to cut our operational costs in half.

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operational UK US /ˌɒpərˈeɪʃənəl/ adjective
[before noun] relating to the activities involved in doing or producing something: operational activities/decisions/control »

The majority of shareholders are interested in investment, not in operational control of the firm.


operational aspects/difficulties/constraints


operational effectiveness/efficiencies


There are operational advantages in putting sales and admin in the same building.

if a system is operational, it is working: »

Repairs have already begun and we expect the factory to be fully operational again within six months.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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