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diplomatic

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adjective dip·lo·mat·ic \ˌdi-plə-ˈma-tik\

Simple Definition of diplomatic

  • : involving the work of maintaining good relations between the governments of different countries : of or relating to diplomats or their work

  • : not causing bad feelings : having or showing an ability to deal with people politely

Full Definition of diplomatic

  1. 1 a :  paleographic b :  exactly reproducing the original <a diplomatic edition>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or concerned with diplomacy or diplomats <diplomatic relations>

  3. 3 :  employing tact and conciliation especially in situations of stress

dip·lo·mat·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of diplomatic

  1. Negotiators are working to restore full diplomatic relations.

  2. <a diplomatic attempt at preventing any hurt feelings>



Origin of diplomatic

in sense 1, from New Latin diplomaticus, from Latin diplomat-, diploma; in other senses, from French diplomatique connected with documents regulating international relations, from New Latin diplomaticus


First Known Use: 1711

Synonym Discussion of diplomatic

suave, urbane, diplomatic, bland, smooth, politic mean pleasantly tactful and well-mannered. suave suggests a specific ability to deal with others easily and without friction <a suave public relations coordinator>. urbane implies high cultivation and poise coming from wide social experience <an urbane traveler>. diplomatic stresses an ability to deal with ticklish situations tactfully <a diplomatic negotiator>. bland emphasizes mildness of manner and absence of irritating qualities <a bland master of ceremonies>. smooth suggests often a deliberately assumed suavity <a smooth salesman>. politic implies shrewd as well as tactful and suave handling of people <a cunningly politic manager>.


DIPLOMATIC Defined for Kids

diplomatic

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adjective dip·lo·mat·ic \ˌdi-plə-ˈma-tik\

Definition of diplomatic

  1. 1 :  of or relating to keeping good relations between the governments of different countries

  2. 2 :  not causing bad feelings <a diplomatic answer> <a diplomatic manager>

dip·lo·mat·i·cal·ly \-ti-kə-lē\ adverb <He resolved the situation diplomatically.>




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