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tactic

[ tak-tik ]
/ ˈtæk tɪk /
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noun
a system or a detail of tactics.
a plan, procedure, or expedient for promoting a desired end or result.
adjective
of or relating to arrangement or order; tactical.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM tactic

non·tac·tic, noun, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tactic

1. tactic , tactics2. stratagem, tactic
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British Dictionary definitions for tactic (1 of 2)

tactic
/ (ˈtæktɪk) /

noun
a piece of tactics; tactical moveSee also tactics

British Dictionary definitions for tactic (2 of 2)

-tactic

adj combining form
having a specified kind of pattern or arrangement or having an orientation determined by a specified forcesyndiotactic; phototactic

Word Origin for -tactic

from Greek taktikos relating to order or arrangement; see tactics
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