Definition of tactical
- a tactical defense
- a tactical first strike
- tactical missiles
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.
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: 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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