dip·​lo·​mat·​ic | \ ˌdi-plə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce diplomatic (audio) \

Definition of diplomatic

b : exactly reproducing the original a diplomatic edition
2 : of, relating to, or concerned with the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations : of, relating to, or concerned with diplomacy or diplomats diplomatic relations
3 : employing tact and conciliation especially in situations of stress a diplomatic way to say no

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diplomatically \ ˌdi-​plə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce diplomatic (audio) \ adverb

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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

Examples of diplomatic in a Sentence

Negotiators are working to restore full diplomatic relations. a diplomatic attempt at preventing any hurt feelings
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First Known Use of diplomatic

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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“Diplomatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomatic. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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dip·​lo·​mat·​ic | \ ˌdi-plə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce diplomatic (audio) \

Kids Definition of diplomatic

1 : of or relating to keeping good relations between the governments of different countries
2 : not causing bad feelings a diplomatic answer a diplomatic manager

Other Words from diplomatic

diplomatically \ -​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb He resolved the situation diplomatically.

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