• IPA: /ˈtæktɪk/

tactic (plural tactics)

  1. A maneuver, or action calculated to achieve some end.
    Synonyms: scheme, stratagem, plan, maneuver, course of action
    Coordinate term: strategy#English|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.
Translations Adjective


  1. (dated, military) Tactical; of or relating to the art of military and naval tactics.
    Synonyms: tactical
    • 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.
  • Italian: tattico
  • Russian: такти́ческий

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