Etymology
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tactics (n.)

1620s, "science of arranging military forces for combat," from Modern Latin tactica (17c.), from Greek taktike techne "art of arrangement," noun use of fem. of taktikos "of or pertaining to arrangement," especially "tactics in war," adjective to taxis "arrangement, an arranging, the order or disposition of an army, battle array; order, regularity," verbal noun of tassein "arrange," from PIE root *tag- "to touch, handle."

updated on April 19, 2017

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Definitions of tactics from WordNet

tactics (n.)
the branch of military science dealing with detailed maneuvers to achieve objectives set by strategy;
tactics (n.)
a plan for attaining a particular goal;
Synonyms: tactic / maneuver / manoeuvre
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