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tactics

[tak-tiks]
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noun
  1. (usually used with a singular verb) the art or science of disposing military or naval forces for battle and maneuvering them in battle.
  2. (used with a plural verb) the maneuvers themselves.
  3. (used with a singular verb) any mode of procedure for gaining advantage or success.
  4. (usually used with a singular verb) Linguistics.
    1. the patterns in which the elements of a given level or stratum in a language may combine to form larger constructions.
    2. the study and description of such patterns.
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Origin of tactics

First recorded in 1620–30; see origin at tactic, -ics
Related formscoun·ter·tac·tics, noun
Can be confusedtactic tacticsstrategy tactics

Synonym study

1. See strategy.

tactic

[tak-tik]
noun
  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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adjective
  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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Related Words for tactics

stratagem, campaign, move, course, defense, technique, ploy, system, way, policy, scheme, approach, method, maneuver, means, tack, plan, disposition, device, line

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British Dictionary definitions for tactics

tactics

pl n
  1. (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
  2. the manoeuvres used or plans followed to achieve a particular short-term aim
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Derived Formstactician, noun

Word Origin for tactics

C17: from New Latin tactica, from Greek ta taktika the matters of arrangement, neuter plural of taktikos concerning arrangement or order, from taktos arranged (for battle), from tassein to arrange

tactic

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

n.

1620s, from Modern Latin tactica (17c.), from Greek taktike techne "art of arrangement," noun use of fem. of taktikos "of or pertaining to arrangement," especially "tactics in war," adjective to taxis "order," verbal noun of tassein "arrange," from PIE root *tag- "to set aright."

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tactic

n.

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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