tactical

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adjective tac·ti·cal \ˈtak-ti-kəl\

Definition of tactical

  1. 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

  2. 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

tactically

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Examples of tactical in a Sentence

  1. They gained a tactical advantage by joining with one of their competitors.

  2. He made a serious tactical error.

  3. The planes provided tactical air support for the soldiers on the ground.

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First Known Use of tactical

1570

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TACTICAL Defined for English Language Learners

tactical

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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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