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 Guidance was lacking for when to activate the unit, how to issue gear, what tactics to use and how to lay out the command structure. Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "Stinging report raises new questions about Capitol security," 15 Apr. 2021 Brodd has an extensive law enforcement background, including teaching defensive tactics. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Derek Chauvin Trial 4/13/21: Defense launches case for ex-cop charged in George Floyd's death," 14 Apr. 2021 The tactics in some ways mirror early efforts, when vaccinators went to nursing homes to stem the tide of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, "Closing the COVID vaccine gap: Small clinics at Baltimore churches and apartment buildings reach vulnerable residents," 14 Apr. 2021 Is there anything at stake here (or anywhere) other than tactics? Evan Kindley, The New Republic, "How Americans Lost Their Fervor for Freedom," 14 Apr. 2021 Officers are expected to continuously learn and adapt to the new defense and training tactics over the course of their careers. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, "Derek Chauvin murder trial puts spotlight on police use-of-force training," 14 Apr. 2021 The ongoing trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murdering Floyd, has thrust the incident back to the top of the national news along with the dispute over police tactics and training. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Gloria pushes changes in SDPD amid national focus on law enforcement," 14 Apr. 2021 But policing experts say that efforts now go beyond addressing tactics such as banning choke holds. Brad Brooks, The Christian Science Monitor, "Facing gridlock in Washington, police reformers press locally," 13 Apr. 2021 Still, there are tools and tactics to minimize the problems. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "4 challenges companies need to grapple with after the way we work has changed forever," 7 Apr. 2021

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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 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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