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

Synonyms & Antonyms for diplomatic


politic, tactful


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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Slot corner Lamarcus Joyner was diplomatic when asked if Tuesday’s session was a win for the defense. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders practice report: Offense stalls in hurry-up; Jacobs makes contact," 6 Aug. 2019 The illnesses appear to have come after President Barack Obama’s initiative that led to restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Brain trauma on the ‘friendly island’," 2 Aug. 2019 The five men who have previously held the post each had years, and often decades, of either military, diplomatic or intelligence expertise — or a combination thereof. Olivia Gazis, CBS News, "John Ratcliffe's brief tenure on Intel Committee shows modest engagement with intelligence issues," 1 Aug. 2019 The first spinoff in the high-octane series, which hits theaters Aug. 2, sees Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as law enforcement diplomatic security agent Luke Hobbs and assassin Deckard Shaw, respectively. Sharareh Drury, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw': What the Critics Are Saying," 31 July 2019 In person, Pelli was courtly, diplomatic, and at times, poetic. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Remembering architect Cesar Pelli’s big contributions to Cleveland: An appreciation - Steven Litt," 28 July 2019 Quickly, the once-mundane diplomatic mission in the heart of London became a hotbed of tension and suspicion. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "A deeper look at Assange’s operation inside Ecuadorian Embassy," 15 July 2019 Britain is considering a number of options to raise the economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran but officials say military operations are not being considered at the moment. Gregory Katz, chicagotribune.com, "British Prime Minister Theresa May chairs emergency session on Iran’s seizure of oil tanker," 22 July 2019 By engaging in hybrid warfare, Iran appears to have already begun to disrupt trade flows through the strait and raise the diplomatic stakes. Rockford Weitz, The Conversation, "What is at stake in the Strait of Hormuz?," 19 July 2019

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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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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


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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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