[ tak-tik ]
/ ˈtæk tɪk /


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

non·tac·tic, noun, adjective

Can be confused

tactic tacticsstratagem tactic
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British Dictionary definitions for tactic


/ (ˈtæktɪk) /


a piece of tactics; tactical moveSee also tactics
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