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[tak-tik] /ˈtæk tɪk/
tactics (def 1).
a system or a detail of tactics.
a plan, procedure, or expedient for promoting a desired end or result.
of or relating to arrangement or order; tactical.
Origin of tactic
1560-70; New Latin tacticus < Greek taktikós “fit for arranging or ordering,” equivalent to tak- (base of tássein (Attic táttein) “to arrange, put in order”) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
nontactic, noun, adjective
Can be confused
tactic, tactics.
stratagem, tactic. Unabridged
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  • The enemy then followed a tactic which was to succeed rapidly.

  • Nothing the enemy has done so far points to that kind of tactic.

  • The man who overrides you will as often be pursuing a tactic as he cajoles you.

  • But Gene and Symonds were on the bottom, too crushed by this tactic to make a sound.

    The Hell Ship Raymond Alfred Palmer
  • Their first tactic would probably be to push us off, one by one.

    The Planet Savers Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for tactic


a piece of tactics; tactical move See also tactics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tactic

1766, from Modern Latin tactica, from Greek taktike (tekhne) "(art of) arrangement," from fem. of taktikos (see tactics). Earlier it meant "a tactician" (1630s), and was in use as an adjective meaning "tactical" (c.1600).

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