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tactic

[tak-tik] /ˈtæk tɪk/
noun
1.
tactics (def 1).
2.
a system or a detail of tactics.
3.
a plan, procedure, or expedient for promoting a desired end or result.
adjective
4.
of or relating to arrangement or order; tactical.
Origin of tactic
1560-1570
1560-70; New Latin tacticus < Greek taktikós fit for arranging or ordering, equivalent to tak- (base of tássein (Attic táttein) to arrange, put in order) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
nontactic, noun, adjective
Can be confused
stratagem, strategy, tactic (see synonym study at strategy)
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tactic

/ˈtæktɪk/
noun
1.
a piece of tactics; tactical move See also tactics
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Word Origin and History for tactic
n.

1766, from Modern Latin tactica, from Greek taktike (tekhne) "(art of) arrangement," from fem. of taktikos (see tactics). Earlier it meant "a tactician" (1630s), and was in use as an adjective meaning "tactical" (c.1600).

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