tac·​tics | \ ˈtak-tiks How to pronounce tactics (audio) \

Definition of tactics

1a : the science and art of disposing and maneuvering forces in combat
b : the art or skill of employing available means to accomplish an end
2 : a system or mode of procedure
3 : the study of the grammatical relations within a language including morphology and syntax

Examples of tactics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Know Your Customers Use your data to determine which of your customers respond well to particular marketing tactics and provide the best return. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Toronto is likely to have some answers for the problems FCC posed last weekend, but too much Cincinnati turnover personnel-wise or in regard to tactics could see the club stray too far from its ideals. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 3 May 2022 But the open and flat lands of the east are far less hospitable to such tactics, and are more friendly to Russia’s ability to muster large mechanized formations of tanks and armored vehicles. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 The disinformation is more akin to Trumpian tactics than traditional partisan disagreements on judicial philosophy. Maya Wiley, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 There’s a lot at stake for a company that isn’t unionized and has long resisted unionization, but the law and the labor board don’t take kindly to tactics that cross the line. Aron Solomon, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 But perhaps the world has become numb to Putin's familiar tactics: demoralize a population by killing and wounding ordinary people, a strategy also used in Syria and Chechnya. Michael Bociurkiw, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 The result is likely to be a reliance on airstrikes and artillery, in addition to siege tactics, all of which can cause significant death among civilians. Paul Sonne And Ellen Nakashima, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2022 And while the Ukrainian government has yet to formally attribute the attacks to Moscow, the investigation points to familiar Russian tactics. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tactics

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tactics

Greek taktikós tactic entry 2 + -ics, after New Latin tactica, borrowed from Greek taktiká, noun derivative from neuter plural of taktikós

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“Tactics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactics. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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noun plural
tac·​tics | \ ˈtak-tiks How to pronounce tactics (audio) \

Kids Definition of tactics

1 : the science and art of arranging and moving troops or warships for best use
2 : a system or method for reaching a goal
Hint: Tactics can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.


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