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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Other Words from diplomatic

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for diplomatic

Synonyms

politic, tactful

Antonyms

gauche, impolitic, tactless, undiplomatic, untactful

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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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The incident prompted a National Security Council official to intervene to defuse a potential diplomatic embarrassment, according to The Washington Post.. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Tony Rodham, Hillary Clinton's youngest brother, dies," 8 June 2019 At every event, the local Jewish community will participate at Argentina’s diplomatic mission in the city. Jta Staff, sun-sentinel.com, "Argentina’s embassies in 20 cities to mark 25 years since AMIA Jewish center bombing," 5 June 2019 Pentagon officials believe Iran was behind recent attacks on oil tankers, a Saudi oil pipeline and the Green Zone diplomatic compound in Bagdhad, though the U.S. hasn’t published evidence for the claims. Alyza Sebenius, Fortune, "Trump: There's 'Always a Chance' of War With Iran," 5 June 2019 The cover of Life magazine from August 1959 showed that the fashion war was taking place even at the highest diplomatic level. Djurdja Bartlett, Smithsonian, "When the United States and Soviet Union Fought It Out Over Fashion," 4 June 2019 The history During the Cold War the Russians provided diplomatic, economic, military, and educational support for numerous African liberation movements. János Besenyő, Quartz Africa, "Russia is vying to offer African countries a credible alternative to the US and China," 4 June 2019 And that diplomatic response was our earliest proof that Kate was going to absolutely crush it as a royal. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Royal Training Included Watching Footage of Princess Diana," 12 May 2019 America’s carriers were there to oppose that declaration, and for days, fighters from both countries danced in an airborne extension of diplomatic tensions until two U.S. fighters entered into a deadly dogfight. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-14 Tomcat Is Such a Badass Plane," 3 May 2019 Since launching a diplomatic initiative at the start of the year, Kim has gone out of his way to present himself as an international statesman. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul? It would be surreal challenge," 20 Sep. 2018

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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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More Definitions for diplomatic

diplomatic

adjective

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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