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tactical

[ tak-ti-kuhl ]
/ ˈtæk tɪ kəl /
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adjective
of or relating to tactics, especially military or naval tactics.
characterized by skillful tactics or adroit maneuvering or procedure: tactical movements.
of or relating to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage.
expedient; calculated.
prudent; politic.
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Origin of tactical

First recorded in 1560–70; tactic + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for tactical

tactical
/ (ˈtæktɪkəl) /

adjective
of, relating to, or employing tacticsa tactical error
(of weapons, attacks, etc) used in or supporting limited military operationsa tactical missile; tactical bombing
skilful or diplomatica tactical manoeuvre

Derived forms of tactical

tactically, adverb
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