adjective Date: 1570 1. of or relating to combat tactics: as a. (1) of or occurring at the battlefront <
a tactical defense
a tactical first strike
(2) using or being weapons or forces employed at the battlefront <
tactical missiles
b. of an air force of, relating to, or designed for air attack in close support of friendly ground forces 2. a. of or relating to tactics: as (1) of or relating to small-scale actions serving a larger purpose (2) made or carried out with only a limited or immediate end in view b. adroit in planning or maneuvering to accomplish a purpose • tactically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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