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
Recent Examples of diplomatic from the Web
At a diplomatic reception, a senior French official joked that the tattoo on her arm was like a cloakroom ticket.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt have imposed diplomatic and economic blockades.
The State Department sent a diplomatic cable to U.S. Embassies to inform them of the new policy guidelines, and the Times also got itself a copy:
Among the subject areas in which Trump has come off like a delinquent third-grade student has been diplomatic relations.
Cutting off diplomatic ties with Iran will also be extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, because Qatar shares a natural gas field with Iran.
The end of World War II ushered in the Cold War, the decades-long period of diplomatic and ideological tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States.
President Trump's new guidelines will seek to stop U.S. cash from going to Cuba's military and security services, while continuing diplomatic rapprochement, according to the Associated Press.
The act was just one way Brooks paid deference to the man who headed GDMA, Leonard Glenn Francis, and used his senior diplomatic status to strongly advocate for the contractor’s business interests at the expense of the Navy and U.S. taxpayers.
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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
First Known Use: 1711See Words from the same year
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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