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A plan or action for achieving a goal; a maneuver.

[French tactique, tactics, from Greek taktika; see tactics.]


a piece of tactics; tactical move. See also tactics


(ˈtæk tɪk)

2. a system or a detail of tactics.
3. a plan, procedure, or expedient for promoting a desired end.
4. of or pertaining to arrangement or order; tactical.
[1560–70; < New Latin tacticus < Greek taktikós fit for arranging or ordering =tag-, base of tássein to arrange, put in order + -tikos -tic]




a combining form used in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -taxis: stereotactic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tactic - a plan for attaining a particular goaltactic - a plan for attaining a particular goal
plan of action - a plan for actively doing something


1. policy, approach, course, way, means, move, line, scheme, plans, method, trick, device, manoeuvre, tack, ploy, stratagem His tactic to press on paid off.
plural noun
1. strategy, campaigning, manoeuvres, generalship guerrilla tactics


1. An action calculated to achieve an end:
maneuver, measure (often used in plural), move, procedure, step.
2. A method of deploying troops and equipment in combat:


[ˈtæktɪk] Ntáctica f


ntactique f tactics
npl (= strategy) → tactique f


nTaktik f


[ˈtæktɪk] ntattica
see also tactics
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"He is a great tactician!" said the prince to his son, pointing to the architect.
"Michael Ivanovich!" cried the old prince to the architect who, busy with his roast meat, hoped he had been forgotten: "Didn't I tell you Buonaparte was a great tactician? Here, he says same thing."
It was a bit of the art of an Old Bailey tactician, in which he found great relief.
The skillful tactician may be likened to the shuai-jan.
"Lady Ruth proved herself an excellent tactician last night," she remarked.
I throw out these queries for intelligent readers to answer, who know, at once, how credulous we are, and how sceptical, how soft and how obstinate, how firm for others and how diffident about ourselves: meanwhile, it is certain that our friend William Dobbin, who was personally of so complying a disposition that if his parents had pressed him much, it is probable he would have stepped down into the kitchen and married the cook, and who, to further his own interests, would have found the most insuperable difficulty in walking across the street, found himself as busy and eager in the conduct of George Osborne's affairs, as the most selfish tactician could be in the pursuit of his own.
He laid his plan and calculated all his moves with the fervid deliberation of a chess-player in the days of his first ardor, and was amazed himself at his sudden genius as a tactician. His plan was as bold as it was thoroughly calculated.
At this stage of affairs he was in excellent spirits, which even supported him under large advances of money; for his powers of convincing and persuading had not yet been, tested by anything more difficult than a chairman's speech introducing other orators, or a dialogue with a Middlemarch voter, from which he came away with a sense that he was a tactician by nature, and that it was a pity he had not gone earlier into this kind of thing.
He was both strategian and tactician, and we all now know the difference between the two.
According to KTF Secretary General George Oyoo, the tacticians who will be deployed for the assignment will be in the payroll of the body.But, before they (coaches) take the new roles, they will have to undergo a refresher trainings on taekwondo, organised by KTF.
Kenyan women's coaches stand a chance to be among the 10 tacticians who will train at the three English Premier League clubs in an initiative Sponsored by SportPesa in collaboration with Football Kenya Federation.
'They have since acquired some players that I don't have knowledge on and again I left very good tacticians there in Morapedi and Piro Moloi who have the ability to plan well against any coach,' he said.

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