Adjective "Diplomatic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of or concerning diplomacy.
  1. 'Their voyage will face flotillas of furious protesters and risk not only a major diplomatic incident but the threat of terrorism.'
  2. 'France has supported more diplomatic efforts be made to persuade Iraq to allow the return of weapons inspectors.'
  3. 'He caused a diplomatic incident by renaming the dog Dougal; the French deemed this a slur on Charles de Gaulle.'
  4. 'Mercifully, this disgraceful insult to a proud nation was removed before it had a chance to cause a diplomatic incident.'
  5. 'It will also enhance foreign trade and diplomatic relations with neighboring countries.'
  6. 'Reversing the policy adopted by previous administrations since 1917, the administration also granted diplomatic recognition to the Soviet Union.'
  7. 'In a reciprocal gesture, Pakistan agreed to restore full diplomatic ties with nuclear neighbor India.'
  8. 'We should have and we need today to apply more diplomatic effort to resolving that issue.'
  9. 'The incident sparked a bitter diplomatic row between Tokyo and Beijing.'
  10. 'Iran agreed to resume full diplomatic ties with its former enemy Iraq.'
  11. 'While Currie is extremely polite and diplomatic, it is clear he finds these frustrating and unhelpful.'
  12. 'The most thoughtful and diplomatic of us would concede these points of contention.'
  13. 'Still, dealing with a complex issue such as this one requires a great deal of diplomatic finesse.'
  14. 'You're being very diplomatic, but I'm wondering if you aren't also disappointed.'
  15. 'He'd have to be very diplomatic on the Iranian front.'
  16. 'He should solve his problems in a more diplomatic fashion though, he had me riled up.'
  17. 'Be a catalyst for change by letting your actions and voices be heard in a diplomatic and tactful manner.'
  18. 'You are subtle and diplomatic while resolving conflicts and clashes today.'
  19. 'He showed his diplomatic skills there, because there is a good deal that can be criticized here.'
  20. 'In his dealings with Cabinet colleagues he was diplomatic and careful not to alienate.'
(of an edition or copy) exactly reproducing an original version.
  1. 'Those seeking a true diplomatic edition/transcription should consult the facsimile editions by Zupitza and by Kiernan et al.'


1. of, relating to, or engaged in diplomacy: diplomatic officials.

2. skilled in dealing with sensitive matters or people; tactful.

3. of or relating to diplomatics.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be diplomatic with peasants."

"people can be diplomatic as people."

"injuries can be diplomatic to transfers."

"sources can be diplomatic."

"relations can be diplomatic."

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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.