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.
First Known Use of tactical
TACTICAL Defined for English Language Learners
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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