of, pertaining to, or engaged in diplomacy: diplomatic officials.
skilled in dealing with sensitive matters or people; tactful.
of or pertaining to diplomatics.

1705–15; < French diplomatique < Neo-Latin diplōmaticus, equivalent to Latin diplōmat- (stem of diplōma) diploma + -icus -ic

diplomatically, adverb
nondiplomatic, adjective
nondiplomatically, adverb
prediplomatic, adjective
quasi-diplomatic, adjective
quasi-diplomatically, adverb
undiplomatic, adjective
undiplomatically, adverb

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.

2. blunt, blundering, tactless.
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diplomatic (ˌdɪpləˈmætɪk)
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
[C18: from French diplomatique concerning the documents of diplomacy, from New Latin diplōmaticus; see diploma]

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Word Origin & History

1711, "pertaining to documents, texts, charters," from M.L. diplomaticus, from Gk. diplomat-, stem of diploma (see diploma). Meaning "pertaining to international relations" is recorded from 1787, apparently a sense evolved 18c. from the use of diplomaticus in Mod.L. titles
of collections of international treaties, etc., in which the word refered 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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