Definition of diplomatic
1a : paleographicb : 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
diplomaticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of diplomatic in a sentence
Negotiators are working to restore full diplomatic relations.
a diplomatic attempt at preventing any hurt feelings
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
First Known Use: 1711
Synonym Discussion of diplomatic
DIPLOMATIC Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of diplomatic for Students
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
diplomatically\-ti-kə-lē\ adverb He resolved the situation diplomatically.
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