- When a little kid who doesn't want to go to bed keeps asking for another story or another drink of water, these requests are an example of stalling tactics.
- The branch of the military that comes together and devises operations and a plan of attack to achieve a strategic goal is an example of tactics.
Tactics are actions designed to accomplish some goal.
- the science of arranging and maneuvering military and naval forces in action or before the enemy, esp. (as distinguished from strategy) with reference to short-range objectives
- actions in accord with this science
- any methods used to gain an end; esp., skillful methods or procedure
Origin of tacticsClassical Greek (ta) taktika, literally , (the) matters of arrangement ; from taktikos, fit for arranging ; from tassein, to arrange, put in order ; from Indo-European base an unverified form t?g-, to set aright from source Classical Greek taxis, order
- a. (used with a sing. verb) The study of the most effective ways of securing objectives set by strategy, as in deploying and directing troops, ships, and aircraft against an enemy.b. (used with a pl. verb) Military actions or maneuvers used against an enemy: Guerrilla tactics were employed during most of the war.
- (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A procedure or set of maneuvers engaged in to achieve an end, an aim, or a goal.
Origin of tacticsNew Latin tactica, from Greek taktika, matters pertaining to arrangement, or from Greek taktik&emacron; (tekhn&emacron;), (art) of deploying forces in war, both from taktikos, of order, from taktos, arranged, from tassein, tag-, to arrange.