tac·​tics ˈtak-tiks How to pronounce tactics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: the science and art of disposing and maneuvering forces in combat
: the art or skill of employing available means to accomplish an end
: a system or mode of procedure
: the study of the grammatical relations within a language including morphology and syntax

Examples of tactics in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tactics was in 1626

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“Tactics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactics. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


noun singular or plural
tac·​tics ˈtak-tiks How to pronounce tactics (audio)
: the science and art of arranging and moving forces in combat
: the art or skill of using available means to accomplish an end
: a system or method of proceeding

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