(of a weapon) short range, as battlefield missiles: A tactical nuclear weapon would still present significant risks to battlefield troops on both sides of the conflict.: Compare strategic (def. 4b).
of or relating to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage.
- tac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- non·tac·ti·cal, adjective
- non·tac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- un·tac·ti·cal, adjective
- un·tac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use tactical in a sentence
Because of those tactical advantages, we might expect the Chiefs to be clear favorites over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
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A single tactical error can cost precious seconds or minutes that are hard to claw back.
The comparison with Go illustrates how these two studies elevate evolution from a largely tactical process to one that is rich in strategic possibility.
“So, about good for one tactical burst,” the first Air Force official said.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019 | Dave Majumdar | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The “tactical” side of artillery—its use on a battlefield—was something Jackson was not called upon to explain.
They thought in their minds the drones had a tactical advantage, so they allowed them to continue for quite some time.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan | Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Russian Air Force also flew additional sorties over the Baltic Sea with tactical strike fighters on Oct. 29.Are Russian Bombers Flying Nuclear Drills Near Europe—Or Just Testing NATO’s Defenses? | Dave Majumdar | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nobody really has the control in the tactical environment.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS | Dave Majumdar | October 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When, however, the retreat was at last ordered, Ney showed to the full his immense tactical ability.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
King Robert's military renown does not need the false attribution of tactical discoveries that he certainly did not make.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
tactical use, by the enemy, of the more resilient units of the Landsturm for negotiating Belgian dykes.
The art of leadership consists of applying sound tactical principles to concrete cases on the battlefield.Manual of Military Training | James A. Moss
What fire superiority accomplishes; psychological moment for charge determined by tactical instinct.Manual of Military Training | James A. Moss
British Dictionary definitions for tactical
of, relating to, or employing tactics: a tactical error
(of weapons, attacks, etc) used in or supporting limited military operations: a tactical missile; tactical bombing
skilful or diplomatic: a tactical manoeuvre
- tactically, adverb
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