Definition of tactical
1 : of or relating to combat tactics: such asa (1) : of or occurring at the battlefront a tactical defense a tactical first strike (2) : using or being weapons or forces employed at the battlefront tactical missilesb of an air force : of, relating to, or designed for air attack in close support of friendly ground forces
2a : of or relating to tactics: such as (1) : of or relating to small-scale actions serving a larger purpose (2) : made or carried out with only a limited or immediate end in viewb : adroit in planning or maneuvering to accomplish a purpose
tacticallyplay \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of tactical in a Sentence
They gained a tactical advantage by joining with one of their competitors.
He made a serious tactical error.
The planes provided tactical air support for the soldiers on the ground.
Recent Examples of tactical from the Web
But to the extent that sheer force can solve a problem like ISIS, the Obama administration’s approach was working just fine: Trump’s changes to the campaign [against ISIS] so far have been tactical—
Sibanye’s tactical response team has faced gunfire and even grenades in chasing after zama-zamas.
At 1 a.m., the FBI vehicle, a white 2014 Chevrolet Equinox containing several firearms and tactical gear such as a bulletproof vest, was stolen from a gas station in the 300 block of South Morgan Street, FBI officials wrote in an email.
President Emmanuel Macron, meeting in Mali with leaders from the five regional countries involved, said France will provide military support for operations as well as 70 tactical vehicles and communications, operations and protective equipment.
Remarkably, some of the sharpest, tactical games on record were played in postal tournaments.
Before long, Metro-Dade tactical specialists slipped close, seeking cover behind nearby bushes and behind a red Ford Explorer truck parked in the driveway.
After killing three officers, he was fatally shot by tactical officers.
Kansas City experimented with the body cameras last summer when 50 patrol, tactical response, bike patrol and motorcycles officers participated in a 12-week study.
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Definition of tactical for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or used for a specific plan that is created to achieve a particular goal in war, politics, etc.
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