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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or involving diplomacy or diplomats.
  • adj. Using or marked by tact and sensitivity in dealing with others.
  • adj. Of or relating to diplomatics.
  • adj. Being an exact copy of the original: a diplomatic edition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Concerning the relationships between the governments of countries.
  • adj. Exhibiting diplomacy; exercising tact or courtesy; using discussion to avoid hard feelings, fights or arguments.
  • adj. describing a publication of a text which follows a single basic manuscript, but with variants in other manuscripts noted in the critical apparatus
  • n. The science of diplomas, or the art of deciphering ancient writings and determining their age, authenticity, etc.; paleography.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to diplomacy; relating to the foreign ministers at a court, who are called the diplomatic body.
  • adj. Characterized by tact and shrewdness; dexterous; artful.
  • adj. Pertaining to diplomatics; paleographic.
  • n. A minister, official agent, or envoy to a foreign court; a diplomatist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to diplomas or diplomatics.
  • Pertaining to or of the nature of diplomacy; concerned with the management of international relations: as, a diplomatic agent.
  • Skilled in the art of diplomacy; artful in negotiation or intercourse of any kind; politic in conduct.
  • n. A minister, an official agent, or an envoy to a foreign court; a diplomat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. using or marked by tact in dealing with sensitive matters or people
  • adj. relating to or characteristic of diplomacy

Etymologies

French diplomatique, from New Latin diplōmaticus, from Latin diplōma, diplōmat-, letter of introduction; see diploma.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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