diplomatic

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adjective dip·lo·mat·ic \ˌdi-plə-ˈma-tik\

Definition of diplomatic

  1. 1a :  paleographicb :  exactly reproducing the original a diplomatic edition

  2. 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. 3 :  employing tact and conciliation especially in situations of stress a diplomatic way to say no

diplomatically

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Examples of diplomatic in a Sentence

  1. Negotiators are working to restore full diplomatic relations.

  2. a diplomatic attempt at preventing any hurt feelings

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of diplomatic

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


DIPLOMATIC Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of diplomatic for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

diplomatic

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adjective dip·lo·mat·ic \ˌdi-plə-ˈma-tik\

Definition of diplomatic for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to keeping good relations between the governments of different countries

  2. 2 :  not causing bad feelings a diplomatic answer a diplomatic manager

diplomatically

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


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