I'm looking for a word in that is an antonym of operational in something other than "does it function" and the online dictionary/thesaurus don't have it. Can you help me find the word, and tell me how you did it so I can find it myself later?

How I would like to use it:

  • The enumerated operational deliverables are one, two, and three; while the enumerated _______ deliverables are exx, wie, and tzee.

Webster gives the following definition for "operational":
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My purpose uses it in the sense of day-to-day operations.

It goes on to enumerate antonyms and synonyms as follows:
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These are really on the "does it work vs. does it not work" spectrum. They are not on the "day-to-day, recurring, small scope, tactical operations as contrasted against serving a non-recurring, larger scoped, more strategic goal."

Options that don't work:

  • strategy vs. tactics: It is primarily military terminology about the execution of war, or about very high (CEO-scale) corporate jargon. I think of operations as the things that keep the factory lights on, place clean and operating properly, the machines supplied with their inputs, and with room to output their outputs.
  • Functional vs. non-functional. This is about scope, not about functionality.
  • Deliverable. It could be argued that a deliverable encompasses both operational and the word that I am trying to find.
  • Material. I work with folks who will view it as input to a production process and not as an outcome of a particular type of work.

(update) About what should work:

  • it is a kind of deliverable, but deliverable is too broad, and material gets confused with the 5M+E/Ishikawa input. It tends to be one-off instead of recurring. Balancing books is operations, but making the certification tests for the new mark-3 widget isn't the same thing.
  • it is an antonym to operational, as in not sweeping floors or keeping lights on. It is about scope of functionality, not whether or not function exists.
  • it is more strategic than tactical in terms of scope, but the word isn't strategic because of the baggage that comes with it. Sometimes it is tactical, as in local goal oriented. Mostly it serves strategic goals.
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    You don't really explain what you mean by the opposite of operational. Maybe value-creating, business-critical, long-term, functional, profit-centre, sales? Strategic in business often returns to long-term planning as opposed to day to day work, but you seem to rule that out. Are you referring to the actual job of a business e.g. for an architectural firm designing buildings or for a software firm writing software, or a higher-level management or planning function? – Stuart F Apr 26 at 16:37
  • There is no "antonym" to operation. How could there be?? – Lambie Apr 26 at 18:54
  • @Lambie - operational is almost antonymous to strategic in terms of scope. It is close enough to count as a counter-example to your statement. I'm sure it exists, but I don't know what it is, yet. I will find it. Not in the modern dictionary. – EngrStudent Apr 26 at 20:48
  • "Nonoperational" is the opposite of "operational" in every sense of the word. There are specific terms for nonoperational items, like employees not directly involved in operations (i.e., nonoperational employees) are categorized as either "support staff" or "management"; nonoperational expenses (i.e., expenses that don't directly fund operations) are called "overhead"; nonoperational material (i.e., material not used in operations, not used to directly manufacture goods, provide consumers services, wage war, etc.) is called "materiel." So there are other terms, but you must be more specific. – Benjamin Harman Apr 27 at 2:26
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    Collins gives a more appropriate definition: . operational: Operational factors or problems relate to the working of a system, device, or plan. // Stretching this to mean 'normal / usual / mundane [factors / processes / ...]', 'extraordinary' is a word that comes to mind (as in AGM) but its default meaning shouts too loudly. 'Supramundane' is too rarefied. I'd go with non-routine. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 27 at 13:49

Obsolete: A. adj.1. No longer used or practised; ....

1930 Economist 25 Jan. 163/2 The managing director of an important ship-building firm..expresses agreement with a statement that much of the plant in this industry is obsolete.

1967 A. E. Stevenson New Amer. II. iii. 64 Nothing is more hazardous in military policy than rigid adherence to obsolete ideas.

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