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tactical

[tak-ti-kuh l] /ˈtæk tɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to tactics, especially military or naval tactics.
2.
characterized by skillful tactics or adroit maneuvering or procedure:
tactical movements.
3.
of or relating to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage.
4.
expedient; calculated.
5.
prudent; politic.
Origin of tactical
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; tactic + -al1
Related forms
tactically, adverb
nontactical, adjective
nontactically, adverb
untactical, adjective
untactically, adverb
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  • Qy.: Are any of these tactical improvements by Xenophon himself?

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  • Before I went away the tactical situation was explained to me.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • On tactical grounds alone the change of procedure was desirable.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • The Prussians suffered a strategic, though not a tactical defeat.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • It was a question the "tactical department" could not answer, but it thought volumes.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for tactical

tactical

/ˈtæktɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or employing tactics: a tactical error
2.
(of weapons, attacks, etc) used in or supporting limited military operations: a tactical missile, tactical bombing
3.
skilful or diplomatic: a tactical manoeuvre
Derived Forms
tactically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tactical
adj.

1560s, from Modern Latin tactica (see tactics); in reference to nuclear weapons (opposed to strategic) it is recorded from 1957. Related: Tactically.

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