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diplomatic

[dip-luh-mat-ik] /ˌdɪp ləˈmæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or engaged in diplomacy:
diplomatic officials.
2.
skilled in dealing with sensitive matters or people; tactful.
3.
of or pertaining to diplomatics.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < French diplomatique < Neo-Latin diplōmaticus, equivalent to Latin diplōmat- (stem of diplōma) diploma + -icus -ic
Related forms
diplomatically, adverb
nondiplomatic, adjective
nondiplomatically, adverb
prediplomatic, adjective
quasi-diplomatic, adjective
quasi-diplomatically, adverb
undiplomatic, adjective
undiplomatically, adverb
Synonyms
2. Diplomatic, politic, tactful imply ability to avoid offending others or hurting their feelings, especially in situations where this ability is important. Diplomatic suggests a smoothness and skill in handling others, usually in such a way as to attain one's own ends and yet avoid any unpleasantness or opposition: By diplomatic conduct he avoided antagonizing anyone. Politic emphasizes expediency or prudence in looking out for one's own interests, thus knowing how to treat people of different types and on different occasions: a truth which it is not politic to insist on. Tactful suggests a nice touch in the handling of delicate matters or situations, and, unlike the other two, often suggests a sincere desire not to hurt the feelings of others: a tactful way of correcting someone.
Antonyms
2. blunt, blundering, tactless.
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British Dictionary definitions for diplomatically

diplomatic

/ˌdɪpləˈmætɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to diplomacy or diplomats
2.
skilled in negotiating, esp between states or people
3.
tactful in dealing with people
4.
of or relating to diplomatics
Derived Forms
diplomatically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from French diplomatique concerning the documents of diplomacy, from New Latin diplōmaticus; see diploma
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Word Origin and History for diplomatically

diplomatic

adj.

1711, "pertaining to documents, texts, charters," from Medieval Latin diplomaticus, from diplomat-, stem of diploma (see diploma).

Meaning "pertaining to international relations" is recorded from 1787, apparently a sense evolved in 18c. from the use of diplomaticus in Modern Latin titles of collections of international treaties, etc., in which the word referred to the "texts" but came to be felt as meaning "pertaining to international relations." In the general sense of "tactful and adroit," it dates from 1826. Related: Diplomatically.

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