Meaning of stratagem

strat•a•gem

Pronunciation: (strat'u-jum), [key]
— n.
  1. a plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy.
  2. any artifice, ruse, or trick devised or used to attain a goal or to gain an advantage over an adversary or competitor: business stratagems.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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