- of or relating to tactics, especially military or naval tactics.
- characterized by skillful tactics or adroit maneuvering or procedure: tactical movements.
- of or relating to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage.
- expedient; calculated.
- prudent; politic.
Origin of tactical
Examples from the Web for tactically
Tactically, it was foolish to alienate the Barack Obama administration so quickly.Has Anyone Seen A Map Of E1?
December 27, 2012
But back then, Republicans were in a tactically optimistic mood.The Fiscal Cliff Madman Theory
November 30, 2012
Though I am pro-choice, I am not a fan of Roe, which I think was legally dubious and tactically unwise.Waiting for the Supremes
June 28, 2012
Yes, Vimy was the most tactically spectacular: One of the best-planned, best-executed Allied operations of the whole war.Shock Army of the British Empire
April 14, 2012
By force of will, Petraeus was beginning to turn things around, at least tactically.New Biography of General Petraeus Misses the Man
February 2, 2012
This is, of course, tactically one of the worst situations that people can get into.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
The front held by the Battalion was tactically not satisfactory.
Tactically everything had been done; the fore field was good.Now It Can Be Told
The results, at best, were indecisive, tactically considered.Types of Naval Officers
A. T. Mahan
What was tactically possible and safe—for the Boer is a cautious warrior—was done.London to Ladysmith via Pretoria
Winston Spencer Churchill
- of, relating to, or employing tacticsa tactical error
- (of weapons, attacks, etc) used in or supporting limited military operationsa tactical missile; tactical bombing
- skilful or diplomatica tactical manoeuvre
Word Origin and History for tactically
1560s, from Modern Latin tactica (see tactics); in reference to nuclear weapons (opposed to strategic) it is recorded from 1957. Related: Tactically.