(usually used with a singular verb) the art or science of disposing military or naval forces for battle and maneuvering them in battle.
(used with a plural verb) the maneuvers themselves.
(used with a singular verb) any mode of procedure for gaining advantage or success.
(usually used with a singular verb)Linguistics.
the patterns in which the elements of a given level or stratum in a language may combine to form larger constructions.
the study and description of such patterns.
- coun·ter·tac·tics, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use tactics in a sentence
Alternating between base-building and squad-based tactics gameplay, you will need skill and luck to complete each mission.
If you’re already a fan of strategy RPG series like Disgaea, Final Fantasy tactics, or Valkyria Chronicles, you probably don’t need to be convinced to get the newest Fire Emblem game.Go big, but don’t go home with the best Nintendo Switch games when out and about | Billy Cadden | July 18, 2021 | Popular-Science
First, he emphasized the importance of the police and the need for new training and an end to “broken windows” tactics.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall | Jacob Siegel | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Other groups in the progressive orbit are trying out other tactics.
No law or even revolution in police tactics can fully curb the rising expectations that come with a wired world.
Australia earlier cancelled Blanc's visa over claims his tactics promote sexual assault.
It may be surprising that Christian authors would use tactics that even those outside the church consider unethical.How the Religious Right Scams Its Way Onto the New York Times Bestseller List | Warren Throckmorton | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I cannot put my own case to the Admiralty although the machines are wanted for overland tactics—a fatal blind alley.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Leander seen what he needed was tactics, and his regular tactics was to hold the scholar at arm's length by the hair.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
The men composing the regiment were fighters, but in their tactics differed little from the guerrillas.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Bruce, however, had resolutely restricted himself to the tactics of defence; but the anticipation was a natural one enough.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
Sir Lucien was first surprised, then piqued, and finally interested by such unusual tactics.Dope | Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for tactics
(functioning as singular) military the art and science of the detailed direction and control of movement or manoeuvre of forces in battle to achieve an aim or task
the manoeuvres used or plans followed to achieve a particular short-term aim
- tactician, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012