- (usually used with a singular verb) the art or science of disposing military or naval forces for battle and maneuvering them in battle.
- (used with a plural verb) the maneuvers themselves.
- (used with a singular verb) any mode of procedure for gaining advantage or success.
- (usually used with a singular verb) Linguistics.
- the patterns in which the elements of a given level or stratum in a language may combine to form larger constructions.
- the study and description of such patterns.
Origin of tactics
- 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
Examples from the Web for tactics
First, he emphasized the importance of the police and the need for new training and an end to “broken windows” tactics.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall
December 11, 2014
Other groups in the progressive orbit are trying out other tactics.Progressives: Big Ideas Will Win Us 2016
December 10, 2014
Australia earlier cancelled Blanc's visa over claims his tactics promote sexual assault.‘Pick-Up Artist’ to Be Banned from UK
November 19, 2014
The only way Republican leaders will change their tactics is if they lose a few elections in a row doing it.Republicans Want You Scared of Ebola
October 27, 2014
With Terri Lynn Land looking like a goner, Republicans are throwing a wild Hail Mary—using 2004 tactics to gain a Senate seat.The (Sloppy) Swift-Boating of Michigan Democrat Gary Peters
October 13, 2014
But he was not discouraged; he was merely changing his tactics.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Active opposition I could fight; but the tactics are now to ignore me.The Bacillus of Beauty
In a war of words, the tactics of the North American Indian.The Devil's Dictionary
His equanimity was almost winsome, and I saw that friendliness was going to be his tactics.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
The Allies adopted other tactics which were quite as effective.
- (functioning as singular) military the art and science of the detailed direction and control of movement or manoeuvre of forces in battle to achieve an aim or task
- the manoeuvres used or plans followed to achieve a particular short-term aim
- a piece of tactics; tactical moveSee also tactics
Word Origin and History for tactics
1620s, from Modern Latin tactica (17c.), from Greek taktike techne "art of arrangement," noun use of fem. of taktikos "of or pertaining to arrangement," especially "tactics in war," adjective to taxis "order," verbal noun of tassein "arrange," from PIE root *tag- "to set aright."
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).