diplomatic

adjective
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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Other Words from diplomatic

diplomatically \ ˌdi-​plə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce diplomatically (audio) \ 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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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has made beefing up the island's armed forces a central task of her administration, amid increasing Chinese military threats and a campaign to increase Taiwan's diplomatic isolation and weaken its economy. CBS News, "Taiwan-China tension mounts as Trump administration proposes $2.2B arms sale to Taipei," 9 July 2019 Leaked diplomatic cables revealed British ambassador Kim Darroch's unflattering comments about President Trump and the White House. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump steps up attacks on British ambassador, calling Kim Darroch 'very stupid guy'," 8 July 2019 That relegated the State Department, the normal repository for diplomatic enterprise, to the sidelines. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "The provocations of Trump’s ambassador to Israel are upturning decades of U.S. diplomacy," 8 July 2019 Global Britain has a lot of catching up to do—and damaging diplomatic leaks do not make the job any easier. The Economist, "How to lose friends and not influence people," 8 July 2019 The ban was reportedly imposed last October, but wasn’t made public because of the potential diplomatic fallout, according to Reuters. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Singapore needs sand, but its neighbors refuse to sell," 4 July 2019 Kipling interpreted the diplomatic spat as a personal affront, and felt betrayed by his adopted home. Charles Mcgrath, The New Yorker, "Rudyard Kipling in America," 1 July 2019 Opponents allied with both the Palestinians and Israeli sides have argued that diplomatic agreements must precede economic ones. Fortune, "The Bahrain Conference: What the Experts and the Media Missed," 30 June 2019 The deal, which lifted sanctions off Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program, was long pointed to as major diplomatic achievement, and one achieved by a Democrat, no less. Dara Lind, Vox, "4 winners and 3 losers from the first night of the Democratic debates," 27 June 2019

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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 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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