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  1. tactics(def 1).
  2. a system or a detail of tactics.
  3. a plan, procedure, or expedient for promoting a desired end or result.
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  1. 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
Related formsnon·tac·tic, noun, adjective
Can be confusedtactic tacticsstratagem tactic
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ploy, stratagem, gambit

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British Dictionary definitions for tactic


  1. a piece of tactics; tactical moveSee also tactics
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Word Origin and History for tactic


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).

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