Definition of tactical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtæktɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæktɪkl//
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  1. 1[usually before noun] connected with the particular method you use to achieve something synonym strategic tactical planning to have a tactical advantage Telling your boss you were looking for a new job was a tactical error (= it was the wrong thing to do at that time).
  2. 2[usually before noun] carefully planned in order to achieve a particular aim synonym strategic a tactical decision see also tactical voting
  3. 3[only before noun] (especially of weapons) used or having an effect over short distances or for a short time tactical weapons/missiles tactical nuclear weapons compare strategic (3)
  4. 4[only before noun] connected with military tactics He was given tactical command of the operation.
  5. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘relating to military or naval tactics’): from Greek taktikos (from taktos ‘ordered, arranged’, from the base of tassein ‘arrange’) + -al.
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