tactic

noun
tac·tic | \ ˈtak-tik \

Definition of tactic 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a device for accomplishing an end

2 : a method of employing forces in combat

tactic

adjective

Definition of tactic (Entry 2 of 3)

: of or relating to arrangement or order

Definition of -tactic (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or having (such) an arrangement or pattern paratactic

2 : showing orientation or movement directed by a (specified) force or agent geotactic

Examples of tactic in a Sentence

Noun

an effective tactic for solving crimes We may need to change tactics. a specialist in naval tactics
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Scare tactics Consider installing motion-sensor lights or, better yet, motion-sensor sprinklers, around a certain area that needs protection, such as a garden. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The deer population is overwhelming Lake Country. Here are some ways you can keep them away.," 12 July 2018 Manafort’s lawyers tried another tactic on July 6, asking Ellis to shift the trial to Roanoke, Va., more than two hours away. Chris Megerian, Anchorage Daily News, "For Paul Manafort, an uncommonly comfortable life behind bars," 12 July 2018 Should Sarri impose his preferred 'Sarriball' tactics, Loftus-Cheek will have a chance to impress in the heart of midfield. SI.com, "Why Ruben Loftus-Cheek Will Make it at Chelsea Following Breakout Season at Crystal Palace," 12 July 2018 The tactics intimidated the Guatemalan government eager to avoid the expense of defending a GATT challenge. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Normal for the U.S. to Put Corporate Profits Above Babies’ Health," 10 July 2018 Scooter startups are using similar blitzkrieg tactics, and cities are taking action. NBC News, "The next Uber? Scooter startups flood U.S. cities as funding pours in," 9 July 2018 This is, however, not even close to the first time Cousins has been roasted for his grilling tactics. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "8 things people guessed Kirk Cousins was grilling in mysterious meat photo," 5 July 2018 As a result of these evasive tactics, the core constitutional issues of upstream surveillance remain unexamined. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The ACLU's Biggest Roadblock to Fighting Mass Surveillance," 29 June 2018 This is not a drill, a threat or a negotiating tactic, Murphy said, and there’s no way to cut benefits or invest creatively to fix the problem. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "Hundreds of Teamsters, retirees hear call to action for federal help with pensions," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of tactic

Noun

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tactic

Noun

New Latin tactica, from Greek taktikē, from feminine of taktikos

Adjective

New Latin tacticus, from Greek taktikos

Adjective combining form

Greek taktikos

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tactic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tactic

: an action or method that is planned and used to achieve a particular goal

tactics : the activity or skill of organizing and moving soldiers and equipment in a military battle

tactic

noun
tac·tic | \ ˈtak-tik \

Kids Definition of tactic

: a planned action for some purpose “All that kid does is cry and he gets his way.” … “If I tried that tactic, my parents would just say, ‘Grow up.’ …” —Pam Zollman, Don't Bug Me!

tactic

adjective
tac·tic | \ ˈtak-tik \

Medical Definition of tactic 

1 : regular in structure of repeating units in a polymer

2 : of, relating to, or showing biological taxis

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