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tactic

noun tac·tic \ ˈtak-tik \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of tactic

1 : a device for accomplishing an end
2 : a method of employing forces in combat

Examples of tactic in a Sentence

  1. an effective tactic for solving crimes

  2. We may need to change tactics.

  3. a specialist in naval tactics

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Origin and Etymology of tactic

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


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tactic

adjective

Definition of tactic

: of or relating to arrangement or order

Origin and Etymology of tactic

New Latin tacticus, from Greek taktikos


-tactic

adjective combining form

Definition of -tactic

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

Origin and Etymology of -tactic

Greek taktikos



TACTIC Defined for English Language Learners

tactic

noun

Definition of tactic for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

tactic

noun tac·tic \ ˈtak-tik \

Definition of tactic for Students

: 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!

Medical Dictionary

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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