tactics

[tak-tiks]
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.
a.
the patterns in which the elements of a given level or stratum in a language may combine to form larger constructions.
b.
the study and description of such patterns.

Origin:
1620–30; see tactic, -ics

countertactics, noun


1. See strategy.
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tactic

[tak-tik]
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 pertaining to arrangement or order; tactical.

Origin:
1560–70; Neo-Latin tacticus < Greek taktikós fit for arranging or ordering, equivalent to tak- (base of tássein (Attic táttein) to arrange, put in order) + -tikos -tic

nontactic, noun, adjective

stratagem, strategy, tactic (see synonym study at strategy).
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tactic (ˈtæktɪk)
 
n
See also tactics a piece of tactics; tactical move

tactics (ˈtæktɪks)
 
pl n
1.  (functioning as singular) 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
 
[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]
 
tac'tician
 
n

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tactics
1620s, from Mod.L. tactica (17c.), from Gk. taktike techne "art of arrangement," noun use of fem. of taktikos "of or pertaining to arrangement," especially "tactics in war," adj. to taxis "order," verbal noun of tassein "arrange," from PIE base *tag- "to set aright."
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Example sentences
None of them photographed a general's strategy, or the tactics of a platoon.
But the strategy is so successful that the authors yearned for puzzles whose
  solutions would require novel tactics.
The argument was at the level of philosophy, not the level of tactics or
  strategy.
And when you fail, you have to go back and devise a new strategy or try new
  tactics.
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