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Definition of "tactical" []

  • Of, relating to, or using tactics. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, used in, or involving military or naval operations that are smaller, closer to base, and of less long-term significance than strategic operations. (adjective)
  • Carried out in support of military or naval operations: tactical bombing. (adjective)
  • Characterized by adroitness, ingenuity, or skill. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or employing tactics (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of weapons, attacks, etc) used in or supporting limited military operations (adjective)
  • Skilful or diplomatic (adjective)

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Use "tactical" in a sentence
  • "Thus, the term tactical will not be used in this book, while strategic will be used as an adjective to mean relatively consequential, in patterns after actions are taken as well as in intentions that precede them."
  • "Lovink was one of the first theorists to use the term tactical media, referring to the use of media technologies as a tool to distribute and promote ideas which are contrary and opposed to organized central authorities, such as state governments and transnational corporations."
  • "Joel Hardin is widely respected as an accomplished tracker and tracking instructor, but he openly disdains the term tactical tracking, disputing the need for tactical considerations on a follow-up and openly mocking instructors from other schools of thought."