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tactics

[tak-tiks] /ˈtæk tɪks/
noun
1.
(usually used with a singular verb) the art or science of disposing military or naval forces for battle and maneuvering them in battle.
2.
(used with a plural verb) the maneuvers themselves.
3.
(used with a singular verb) any mode of procedure for gaining advantage or success.
4.
(usually used with a singular verb) Linguistics.
  1. the patterns in which the elements of a given level or stratum in a language may combine to form larger constructions.
  2. the study and description of such patterns.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; see tactic, -ics
Related forms
countertactics, noun
Synonyms
1. See strategy.
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British Dictionary definitions for counter tactics

tactics

/ˈtæktɪks/
plural noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (military) the art and science of the detailed direction and control of movement or manoeuvre of forces in battle to achieve an aim or task
2.
the manoeuvres used or plans followed to achieve a particular short-term aim
Derived Forms
tactician, noun
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin tactica, from Greek ta taktika the matters of arrangement, neuter plural of taktikos concerning arrangement or order, from taktos arranged (for battle), from tassein to arrange
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Word Origin and History for counter tactics

tactics

n.

1620s, from Modern Latin tactica (17c.), from Greek taktike techne "art of arrangement," noun use of fem. of taktikos "of or pertaining to arrangement," especially "tactics in war," adjective to taxis "order," verbal noun of tassein "arrange," from PIE root *tag- "to set aright."

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