Definition of “diplomatic” - English Dictionary

“diplomatic” in British English

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diplomaticadjective

uk /ˌdɪp.ləˈmæt.ɪk/ us /ˌdɪp.ləˈmæt̬.ɪk/

C1 involving diplomats or the management of the relationships between countries:

diplomatic negotiations

C2 approving acting in a way that does not cause offence:

Ask him nicely - be diplomatic.

More examples

  • Surely a diplomatic solution is preferable to war.
  • It's a new country, hoping for diplomatic recognition from the international community.
  • The US severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961.
  • The governments have broken off diplomatic relations.
  • All diplomatic attempts at a peaceful solution to the crisis have been fruitless.
diplomatically
adverb uk /ˌdɪp.ləˈmæt.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌdɪp.ləˈmæt̬.ɪ.kəl.i/

(Definition of “diplomatic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“diplomatic” in American English

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diplomaticadjective

us /ˌdɪp·ləˈmæt̬·ɪk/

politics & government involving the management of relationships between countries:

He began the diplomatic discussions that resulted in the establishment of NATO.

politics & government If you say that someone is diplomatic, you mean that the person is able to control a difficult situation without upsetting anyone:

Lawyers should be diplomatic in dealing with a judge.

(Definition of “diplomatic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)