See also: tàctic


Alternative formsEdit


Borrowed from Ancient Greek τακτικός (taktikós, fit for ordering), from τάσσω (tássō, to order, to arrange).


  • IPA(key): /ˈtæktɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -æktɪk


tactic (plural tactics)

  1. A maneuver, or action calculated to achieve some end.
    • 2019 September 10, Jonathan Guyer, The American Prospect[1], number Fall 2019:
      Omar has challenged Elliott Abrams’s record in Latin America, taken a firm line against Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, and advocated for—wait for it—the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine (even though the headlines have focused on her expressing support for the right to boycott as a tactic).
    Synonyms: scheme, stratagem, plan, maneuver, course of action
    Coordinate term: strategy
  2. (military) A maneuver used against an enemy.
  3. (chess) A sequence of moves that limits the opponent's options and results in an immediate and tangible advantage, typically in the form of material.



tactic (comparative more tactic, superlative most tactic)

  1. (dated, military) Tactical; of or relating to the art of military and naval tactics.
    Synonym: tactical
    • 1831, Thomas Campbell, The Power of Russia
      But time will teach the Russ, ev'n conquering War
      Has handmaid arts: aye, aye, the Russ will woo
      All sciences that speed Bellona's car,
      All murder's tactic arts, and win them too []
  2. (chemistry) Describing a polymer whose repeat units are identical.