tactical

[tak-ti-kuhl]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to tactics, especially military or naval tactics.
2.
characterized by skillful tactics or adroit maneuvering or procedure: tactical movements.
3.
of or pertaining to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage.
4.
expedient; calculated.
5.
prudent; politic.

Origin:
1560–70; tactic + -al1

tactically, adverb
nontactical, adjective
nontactically, adverb
untactical, adjective
untactically, adverb
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tactical (ˈtæktɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or employing tactics: a tactical error
2.  (of weapons, attacks, etc) used in or supporting limited military operations: a tactical missile; tactical bombing
3.  skilful or diplomatic: a tactical manoeuvre
 
'tactically
 
adv

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tactical
1560s, from Mod.L. tactica (see tactics); in reference to nuclear weapons (opposed to strategic) it is recorded from 1957. Related: Tactically.
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Example sentences
They can goad us into tactical errors and strategic blunders.
But when you're tactical as well as tactful, you can often do your best teaching.
Her parliamentary colleagues are questioning her tactical skills.
But although robots have clear tactical advantages, they carry a heavy
  strategic price.
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