: of or relating to combat tactics: as
a (1) : of or occurring at the battlefront <a tactical defense> <a tactical first strike> (2) : using or being weapons or forces employed at the battlefront <tactical missiles>
b of an air force : of, relating to, or designed for air attack in close support of friendly ground forces
a : of or relating to tactics: as (1) : of or relating to small-scale actions serving a larger purpose (2) : made or carried out with only a limited or immediate end in view
b : adroit in planning or maneuvering to accomplish a purpose
— tac·ti·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of TACTICAL
- They gained a tactical advantage by joining with one of their competitors.
- He made a serious tactical error.
- The planes provided tactical air support for the soldiers on the ground.
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Related to TACTICAL
- advisable, desirable, judicious, politic, prudent, expedient, wise
- impolitic, imprudent, inadvisable, inexpedient, injudicious, unwise
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