The definition of a stratagem is a plan or scheme intended to outwit an opponent or achieve a purpose.(noun)
When you are participating in a scavenger hunt and you want to beat the other side and you and your teammates brainstorm a way to solve the clues quickly, this is an example of stratagem.
See stratagem in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: LME stratageme < L strategema < Gr stratēgēma, device or act of a general < stratēgos, a general < stratos, army (for IE base see strew) + agein, to lead: see act
See stratagem in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French stratageme
Origin: , from Old Italian stratagemma
Origin: , from Latin stratēgēma
Origin: , from Greek
Origin: , from stratēgein, to be a general
Origin: , from stratēgos, general
Origin: : stratos, army; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots
Origin: + agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
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