diplomatic

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

Definition of diplomatic 

1a : paleographic

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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Other Words from diplomatic

diplomatically \-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for diplomatic

Synonyms

politic, tactful

Antonyms

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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Now, the royal court appears to be seeking ways to shore up internal support as part of efforts to defuse its worst diplomatic crisis since the 9/11 attacks, when a majority of the attackers were Saudis. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Releases Prince From Detention," 3 Nov. 2018 Saudi Arabia is engaged in an ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar, one of Turkey’s allies, and Riyadh doesn’t agree with Turkey’s embrace of political Islam or its close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s mysterious disappearance, explained," 9 Oct. 2018 The case sparked a diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West, including the expulsion of hundreds of diplomats from both sides. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "UK couple were poisoned by same nerve agent as ex-Russian spy, police say," 2 Oct. 2018 Taser rounds would give grunts the ability to take down individuals who present less than a lethal threat and avoid nasty diplomatic fallout from lethal shootings. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Marines Want Non-Lethal Taser Rounds to Stun Angry Crowds," 6 Sep. 2018 The case sparked a diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West, including the expulsion of hundreds of diplomats from both sides. Author: Matt Dunham, Jill Lawless, Anchorage Daily News, "Another mystery illness rocks England after spy’s poisoning," 4 July 2018 The poisoning sparked a Cold War-style diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West, including the expulsion of hundreds of diplomats from both sides. Matt Dunham And Danica Kirka, BostonGlobe.com, "2 sickened by unknown substance near site of Russian spy’s poisoning in England," 4 July 2018 The incident sparked a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Angela Dewan, Antonia Mortensen And Denis Lapin, CNN, "Russia, Ukraine blame each other for journalist killing," 30 May 2018 The poisoning has sparked a Cold War-style diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West, including the expulsion of hundreds of diplomats from both sides. Bloomberg.com, "Poisoned Former Spy Sergei Skripal Discharged From U.K. Hospital," 18 May 2018

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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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diplomatic

adjective

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

diplomatic

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

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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