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Definition of tactic noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, usually plural] the particular method you use to achieve something They tried all kinds of tactics to get us to go. This was just the latest in a series of delaying tactics. The manager discussed tactics with his team. Confrontation is not always the best tactic. It's time to change tactics. They used strong-arm (= aggressive or violent) tactics.
  2. 2tactics [plural] the art of moving soldiers and military equipment around during a battle or war in order to use them in the most effective way compare strategy
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