noun \də-ˈplō-mə-sē\

: the work of maintaining good relations between the governments of different countries

: skill in dealing with others without causing bad feelings

Full Definition of DIPLOMACY

:  the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations
:  skill in handling affairs without arousing hostility :  tact

Examples of DIPLOMACY

  1. She has had a long and distinguished career in diplomacy.
  2. The government avoided a war by successfully resolving the issues through diplomacy.
  3. This is a situation that calls for tactful diplomacy.

First Known Use of DIPLOMACY


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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Art of conducting relationships for gain without conflict. It is the chief instrument of foreign policy. Its methods include secret negotiation by accredited envoys (though political leaders also negotiate) and international agreements and laws. Its use predates recorded history. The goal of diplomacy is to further the state's interests as dictated by geography, history, and economics. Safeguarding the state's independence, security, and integrity is of prime importance; preserving the widest possible freedom of action for the state is nearly as important. Beyond that, diplomacy seeks maximum national advantage without using force and preferably without causing resentment.


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