operational area, noun phrase

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Also with initial capitals.
Military
The official designation of any area of the country in which control is vested not in the police force but in the defence forces. See also Border sense 3 a.
1977 Rand Daily Mail 17 June 1A shooting accident in the operational area.
1987 Star 30 Oct. 3Defining an operational area as one where the SAP was no longer in control, Commandant Rose said only the State President could proclaim such an area.
The official designation of any area of the country in which control is vested not in the police force but in the defence forces.

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