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 Pelosi, who retired as Democratic leader in 2022, remains the party’s most respected political tactician. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2024 One of his party's best tacticians, Schumer has worked closely with Biden on passing legislation to protect vulnerable members — but his loyalties are to his party and his senators. Axios, 10 July 2024 A matter of time before a tactician like the All-Star Knicks guard finally solved the problems posed by a feisty Pacers defense. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 14 May 2024 In other words, even with his current capabilities and a tactician’s mindset, Putin could pose an insurmountable threat to Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and other former Soviet republics. Samuel Charap, Foreign Affairs, 3 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for tactician 

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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 21 Jul. 2024.

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