Definition of diplomatic in English:


Syllabification: dip·lo·mat·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌdipləˈmatik


  • 1Of or concerning the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations: diplomatic relations between the United States and Britain
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    • It will also enhance foreign trade and diplomatic relations with neighboring countries.
    • The war induced the opening of New Zealand's first diplomatic relations with foreign powers.
    • Henceforth UK interests were to be the concern of a British diplomatic agent styled the British High Commissioner.
  • 1.1Having or showing an ability to deal with people in a sensitive and effective way: that was a very diplomatic way of putting it
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    • Be a catalyst for change by letting your actions and voices be heard in a diplomatic and tactful manner.
    • So it would appear that from now on I am going to have to be more tactful and diplomatic in my meanderings.
    • Still, dealing with a complex issue such as this one requires a great deal of diplomatic finesse.
    tactful, sensitive, subtle, delicate, polite, discreet, thoughtful, careful, judicious, nonconfrontational, prudent, politic, clever, skillful
  • 2(Of an edition or copy) exactly reproducing an original version: a diplomatic transcription
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    • All Herbert scholars will welcome Mario Di Cesare's stunning diplomatic edition of the Bodleian Manuscript.
    • Those seeking a true diplomatic edition/transcription should consult the facsimile editions by Zupitza and by Kiernan et al.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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  • Well, the president never takes any option off the table, but we believe that the way to resolve this is diplomatically.
  • It was never diplomatically so isolated as on this issue.
  • Police are urging their officers to behave more diplomatically when settling disputes after a rise in the number of public complaints.


early 18th century (in the sense 'relating to official documents'): from modern Latin diplomaticus and French diplomatique, from Latin diploma (see diploma). sense 1 (late 18th century) is probably due to the publication of the Codex Juris Gentium Diplomaticus (1695), a collection of public documents, many of which dealt with international affairs.

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