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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or using tactics.
  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Carried out in support of military or naval operations: tactical bombing.
  • adj. Characterized by adroitness, ingenuity, or skill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, or relating to tactics
  • adj. of, or relating to military operations that are smaller or more local than strategic ones
  • adj. adroit, skilful or ingenious
  • adj. having a military appearance, typically with a bipod, adjustable stock, and a detachable magazine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to tactics; connected with the art or practice of conducting hostile operations: as, tactical combinations.
  • Characterized by adroit planning or management; artfully directed; manœuvering: as, tactical efforts or movements in politics.

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

  • adj. of or pertaining to tactic or tactics


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