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[tak-tik] /ˈtæk tɪk/
tactics (def 1).
a system or a detail of tactics.
a plan, procedure, or expedient for promoting a desired end or result.
of or relating to arrangement or order; tactical.
Origin of tactic
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) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tactic
  • It's all obfuscating nonsense, of course, a scare tactic employed for political ends.
  • Faced with owning up to higher borrowing, he would have liked a diversionary tactic.
  • Now, a pair of biomechanics researchers has offered a scientific explanation of how this counterintuitive tactic worked.
  • Therefore, what evolution thought to be natural selection is actually tactic regression.
  • Let's stop using the mythical global warming scare tactic to manage everything.
  • Great tactic to try with kids who keep popping out of their rooms at bedtime.
  • Now, thousands of prisoners in four jails in the country are resorting to the same tactic.
  • The surprise tactic puts small fish to flight, which the seal then devours.
  • It has always been a major tactic of these types of people to argue against those who have limited ability to argue back.
  • Either way, it means a tactic intended to divert attention away from something.
British Dictionary definitions for tactic


a piece of tactics; tactical move See also tactics
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Word Origin and History for tactic

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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