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 diplomatically (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 Yet no diplomatic push has been made for America’s allies and their proxies to end the hostilities. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "War in Libya? Why two US allies are on a collision course.," 10 July 2020 It’s the most vivid case yet of the upheaval in American diplomatic relations in the Trump era. David M. Shribman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Justin Trudeau's refusal to travel to the U.S. to meet Trump was a pointed rebuke," 8 July 2020 The United States maintains diplomatic relations with Venezuela . . . Fox News, "Britain withholds gold from Maduro, says it does not recognize him as Venezuela's president," 3 July 2020 China released on Thursday 10 Indian soldiers captured during the fight, having held them for days while negotiating with India through diplomatic and military channels, according to senior... Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "India-China Border Clash Shows Rising Risk in Beijing’s Territorial Push," 19 June 2020 Emails to city council members obtained by The Enquirer show many residents were not diplomatic about their disagreement with Mann. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "After David Mann walked out of hearing, two of his Cincinnati City Council staffers quit," 19 June 2020 But on a trip to New York, accompanying a government minister on a diplomatic mission, Hamid visits his mother, who asks him to fulfill his father’s wish to have his ashes scattered in Iran. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 1 June 2020 The last days of June have been filled with high-level diplomatic contacts, including dueling meetings between American officials with Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz, now a co-prime minister. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Israel’s Netanyahu still working out West Bank annexation plans," 30 June 2020 After months of public warnings and quiet pressure, the world’s collective diplomatic clout perched on plastic chairs beneath the beating summer sun. The Economist, "Into darkness Israel weighs the future of the West Bank," 27 June 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomatic. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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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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