tac·​ti·​cian tak-ˈti-shən How to pronounce tactician (audio)
: one versed in tactics

Examples of tactician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But her natural empathy turns out to be the flip side of her utter ruthlessness as a tactician and negotiator. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 The climatic battle of Rebels involved Thrawn, a brilliant tactician, launching a blockade of the planet. William Goodman, Men's Health, 23 Aug. 2023 England is managed by Sarina Wiegman, a Dutch tactician who took over in September, 2021, and immediately commenced a thirty-match unbeaten streak. Naaman Zhou, The New Yorker, 19 July 2023 The fact that De Jong has now won Xavi's confidence means the 26-year-old wants to march on and repay the tactician's faith in him. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 16 July 2023 As its sub-par performances at the World Cup and the Tokyo Olympics showed, the USWNT needs an exceptional tactician who will utilize his or her players’ strengths rather than trying to shoehorn them into a specific system. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 Nurse earned a reputation as a creative defensive tactician, who often stymied Embiid by throwing double- and triple-teams at him. Dan Gelston, BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2023 How could one of the world’s most powerful militaries, led by a celebrated tactician like Mr. Putin, have faltered so badly against its much smaller, weaker rival? Thomas Gibbons-Neff, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2022 He was described as charismatic, fearless and an innovative tactician. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tactician was in 1798

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Cite this Entry

“Tactician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactician. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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tac·​ti·​cian tak-ˈtish-ən How to pronounce tactician (audio)
: one skilled in tactics
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