Definition of tactic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaktɪk/


1An action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end: the minority attempted to control the Council by a delaying tactic these are possible tax-saving tactics to discuss with your accountant
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  • His tactic is to approach strangers asking for money, often bursting into tears.
  • A favourite tactic is to slowly move up and down the platform quietly expelling air.
  • I think it's just a deliberate tactic they use to keep the game at their pace.
strategy, scheme, stratagem, plan, set of tactics, manoeuvre, course/line of action;
method, programme, expedient, gambit, move, approach, tack, path, road;
device, trick, ploy, dodge, ruse, game, machination, contrivance, stunt;
(tactics) means, wiles, artifice, subterfuge
informal wangle, caper
archaic shift
1.1 (tactics) [also treated as singular] The art of disposing armed forces in order of battle and of organizing operations, especially during contact with an enemy: basic infantry tactics were taught by guest instructors Often contrasted with strategy.
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  • British tactics as well as strategy tended to err on the side of caution, American on the side of rashness.
  • If you want to beat your enemy, you must know your enemy and study the tactics of your enemy.
  • His victory was not marked by a surrender but by a change of enemy tactics.
battle plans, plans, game plans;
moves, manoeuvres, logistics;
strategy, policy, campaign;
generalship, military science;
organization, planning, arrangement, administration, direction, masterminding, orchestration, handling, running


Mid 18th century: from modern Latin tactica, from Greek taktikē (tekhnē) '(art) of tactics', feminine of taktikos, from taktos 'ordered, arranged', from the base of tassein 'arrange'.

Words that rhyme with tactic

anaphylactic, ataractic, autodidactic, chiropractic, climactic, didactic, galactic, lactic, prophylactic, syntactic

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