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 diplomatic (audio) \ adverb

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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

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Negotiators are working to restore full diplomatic relations. a diplomatic attempt at preventing any hurt feelings
Recent Examples on the Web Duque does not recognize Maduro’s presidency as legitimate, and the two countries have not had diplomatic relations since February 2019. Washington Post, "Venezuelan military offensive sends thousands fleeing, recharging one of the world’s worst refugee crises," 1 Apr. 2021 State Department engagement with the government in Taipei has been constrained since 1979, when the United States established diplomatic relations with the Chinese Communist regime in Beijing. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "US touts ambassador’s historic visit to Taiwan, despite China’s ‘red line’ threat," 1 Apr. 2021 Her responsibilities will involve diplomatic relations with the Central American countries known as the Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — where many of the migrants begin their journey. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Vice President Kamala Harris will lead response to migrant issue as numbers rise at border," 24 Mar. 2021 Interest in the city has been boosted by last year’s forging of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Laura Latham, WSJ, "American Home Buyers Are Flooding Tel Aviv’s Property Market," 17 Mar. 2021 The British authorities provided diplomatic protection to Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe last year. Elian Peltier, New York Times, "U.K. Says It Can’t Guarantee Assistance for Citizen Held in Iran," 29 Dec. 2020 In December, Morocco joined a handful of other Arab states in normalizing diplomatic relations with Israel. New York Times, "Bridging Time, Distance and Distrust, With Music," 26 Mar. 2021 Harris’s focus in this role will be diplomatic relations with the three Central American countries many migrants are arriving from. Fortune, "New Zealand considers a new kind of parental benefit: bereavement leave for miscarriages," 25 Mar. 2021 Oprah did not let the couple get away with general hints or diplomatic niceties. Washington Post, "Oprah proved she is greatest celebrity interviewer of all time. All journalists can learn from her.," 7 Mar. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Diplomatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomatic. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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