diplomatic

adjective
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 diplomatically (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

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Negotiators are working to restore full diplomatic relations. a diplomatic attempt at preventing any hurt feelings
Recent Examples on the Web Turkey cut diplomatic ties with Cyprus after the island nation was cleaved along ethnic lines in 1974 when Turkey invaded in the wake of a coup aiming at union with Greece. Washington Post, "Cyprus: US military training won’t harm Russia, China ties," 10 July 2020 Washington and Brussels had warned China that going ahead could trigger grave diplomatic and economic repercussions. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "So much for the West's warnings -- China's going to do what China's going to do," 30 June 2020 However, she may be politically damaged by her leadership during the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Susan Rice top veep picks for Biden as search narrows," 12 June 2020 America, with its enormous diplomatic and economic leverage, and huge internal market, has unparalleled power to tap the resources of its wealthy citizens and corporations. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "What America can learn from Nordic police," 5 June 2020 Yet no diplomatic push has been made for America’s allies and their proxies to end the hostilities. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "War in Libya? Why two US allies are on a collision course.," 10 July 2020 It’s the most vivid case yet of the upheaval in American diplomatic relations in the Trump era. David M. Shribman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Justin Trudeau's refusal to travel to the U.S. to meet Trump was a pointed rebuke," 8 July 2020 The United States maintains diplomatic relations with Venezuela . . . Fox News, "Britain withholds gold from Maduro, says it does not recognize him as Venezuela's president," 3 July 2020 China released on Thursday 10 Indian soldiers captured during the fight, having held them for days while negotiating with India through diplomatic and military channels, according to senior... Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "India-China Border Clash Shows Rising Risk in Beijing’s Territorial Push," 19 June 2020

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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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The first known use of diplomatic was in 1711

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“Diplomatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomatic. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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diplomatic

adjective
How to pronounce diplomatic (audio)

English Language Learners 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

diplomatic

adjective
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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