Definition of diplomatic in US English:

diplomatic

adjective

  • 1Of or concerning the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations.

    ‘diplomatic relations between the United States and Britain’
    • ‘We should have and we need today to apply more diplomatic effort to resolving that issue.’
    • ‘Reversing the policy adopted by previous administrations since 1917, the administration also granted diplomatic recognition to the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘In a reciprocal gesture, Pakistan agreed to restore full diplomatic ties with nuclear neighbor India.’
    • ‘Iran agreed to resume full diplomatic ties with its former enemy Iraq.’
    • ‘Hastings made the traditional post-match speech in French which almost caused a diplomatic incident.’
    • ‘The incident sparked a bitter diplomatic row between Tokyo and Beijing.’
    • ‘Mercifully, this disgraceful insult to a proud nation was removed before it had a chance to cause a diplomatic incident.’
    • ‘Robson said discussions would take place about the form that diplomatic relations with Afghanistan would take.’
    • ‘Their voyage will face flotillas of furious protesters and risk not only a major diplomatic incident but the threat of terrorism.’
    • ‘It will also enhance foreign trade and diplomatic relations with neighboring countries.’
    • ‘He caused a diplomatic incident by renaming the dog Dougal; the French deemed this a slur on Charles de Gaulle.’
    • ‘Henceforth UK interests were to be the concern of a British diplomatic agent styled the British High Commissioner.’
    • ‘The attack came as new diplomatic initiative was being launched in New York.’
    • ‘The war induced the opening of New Zealand's first diplomatic relations with foreign powers.’
    • ‘The nuclear issue is Japan's most pressing diplomatic concern at the moment.’
    • ‘When Jefferson went on his first diplomatic mission, he bought very expensive china.’
    • ‘He said the opening of a new diplomatic mission in Brazil will offer opportunities to the Namibian business sector.’
    • ‘A legislator disclosed to reporters recent attempts to seek new diplomatic allies - an issue normally deemed top secret.’
    • ‘France has supported more diplomatic efforts be made to persuade Iraq to allow the return of weapons inspectors.’
    ambassadorial, consular, foreign-policy, political
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    1. 1.1 Having or showing an ability to deal with people in a sensitive and effective way.
      ‘that was a very diplomatic way of putting it’
      • ‘His diplomatic approach and concern for the staff ensured a smooth changeover.’
      • ‘O'Neill is intense and energetic yet, having briefly trained as a legal student, is almost always subtle and diplomatic.’
      • ‘He'd have to be very diplomatic on the Iranian front.’
      • ‘With O'Neill, though, there is no need for diplomatic rhetoric about the club having been turned around.’
      • ‘You can be diplomatic, politic or polite or you can be blunt and honest.’
      • ‘Still, dealing with a complex issue such as this one requires a great deal of diplomatic finesse.’
      • ‘His admission that he was ‘disappointed’ was a diplomatic understatement.’
      • ‘You are subtle and diplomatic while resolving conflicts and clashes today.’
      • ‘He showed his diplomatic skills there, because there is a good deal that can be criticized here.’
      • ‘The most thoughtful and diplomatic of us would concede these points of contention.’
      • ‘Be a catalyst for change by letting your actions and voices be heard in a diplomatic and tactful manner.’
      • ‘In his dealings with Cabinet colleagues he was diplomatic and careful not to alienate.’
      • ‘You're being very diplomatic, but I'm wondering if you aren't also disappointed.’
      • ‘He should solve his problems in a more diplomatic fashion though, he had me riled up.’
      • ‘Last year's winner Rich Hall was diplomatic about the nature of the prize.’
      • ‘While Currie is extremely polite and diplomatic, it is clear he finds these frustrating and unhelpful.’
      • ‘Again, the diplomatic Campbell can see, and understand, both sides of the criticism.’
      • ‘So it would appear that from now on I am going to have to be more tactful and diplomatic in my meanderings.’
      • ‘I am diplomatic in my ways and would never dream of causing offence.’
      • ‘Your review, though diplomatic, is completely off the mark - this film is an epic time waster.’
      tactful, sensitive, subtle, delicate, discreet
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  • 2(of an edition or copy) exactly reproducing an original version.

    ‘a diplomatic transcription’
    • ‘All Herbert scholars will welcome Mario Di Cesare's stunning diplomatic edition of the Bodleian Manuscript.’
    • ‘Those seeking a true diplomatic edition/transcription should consult the facsimile editions by Zupitza and by Kiernan et al.’

Origin

Early 18th century (in the sense ‘relating to official documents’): from modern Latin diplomaticus and French diplomatique, from Latin diploma (see diploma). diplomatic (sense 1) (late 18th century) is probably due to the publication of the Codex Juris Gentium Diplomaticus (1695), a collection of originals of important public documents, many of which dealt with international affairs.

Pronunciation

diplomatic

/ˌdipləˈmadik//ˌdɪpləˈmædɪk/