tac·​ti·​cian | \ tak-ˈti-shən How to pronounce tactician (audio) \

Definition of tactician

: one versed in tactics

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Recent Examples on the Web This left us with far more scope, not only as a driver, but also as a tactician. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Sir Stirling Moss, Legendary Racer, Dies at 90," 12 Apr. 2020 McConnell, 78, and Pelosi, 79, each of whom has served for more than three decades, are considered master tacticians in their respective parties, and neither is known for backing down from a contentious fight. Nicholas Fandos, BostonGlobe.com, "McConnell refuses to negotiate with Pelosi on impeachment trial terms," 8 Jan. 2020 This is the art of the tactician but also the novelist. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Hilary Mantel’s Triumphant New Novel Brings Thomas Cromwell Across the Finish Line," 3 Mar. 2020 In the last few years, Jones’s comedy has also evolved thanks to a collaboration with the comic Lenny Marcus, a bespectacled Jewish tactician of a stand-up who opens for her and gives notes on jokes. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Leslie Jones Is Ready to Rock the Boat, Hard," 16 Jan. 2020 Cora was not merely a tactician or clubhouse manager. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Alex Cora’s departure leaves a giant void in the Red Sox," 15 Jan. 2020 Ertz had a front row seat and an integral role in Pederson's head-to-head chess match with Belichick, arguably the greatest football tactician of all time. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Why Doug Pederson Is, Unquestionably, Coach of the Year," 6 Feb. 2018 Before a successful run as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, Ron Rivera had fashioned a reputation as a defensive tactician. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "New Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio: 'We have a lot of work to do'," 2 Jan. 2020 Lieberman, known as a wily tactician, has refused to commit to either side and is instead demanding a broad unity government with the two major parties. Tia Goldenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Israel’s Netanyahu, Gantz call for unity government after inconclusive vote, but both demand to be prime minister," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tactician

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tactician

borrowed from French tacticien, from tactique tactic entry 1 + -ien -ian, as translation of New Latin tacticus, noun derivative of tacticus tactic entry 2

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“Tactician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactician. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tactician

: someone who is good at making plans in order to achieve particular goals

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