diplomacy

Diplomacy is the art of helping groups to get along and even work together. If you have a gift for diplomacy, you can get bickering siblings to cooperate.

The word diplomacy comes from the French word diplomatie, which means “diplomat.” A diplomat lives in a foreign country, fluent in its language — and culture. The job of a diplomat is to practice diplomacy among nations, understanding the concerns and needs of all and, if possible, guiding them toward decisions that are mutually agreeable.

Definitions of diplomacy
  1. noun
    negotiation between nations
    synonyms: diplomatic negotiations
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    examples:
    Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
    negotiations between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics opened in 1969 in Helsinki designed to limit both countries' stock of nuclear weapons
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    dollar diplomacy
    diplomacy influenced by economic considerations
    gunboat diplomacy, power politics
    diplomacy in which the nations threaten to use force in order to obtain their objectives
    recognition
    the explicit and formal acknowledgement of a government or of the national independence of a country
    shuttle diplomacy
    international negotiations conducted by a mediator who frequently flies back and forth between the negotiating parties
    type of:
    dialogue, negotiation, talks
    a discussion intended to produce an agreement
  2. noun
    subtly skillful handling of a situation
    synonyms: delicacy, discreetness, finesse
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    type of:
    tact, tactfulness
    consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense
  3. noun
    wisdom in the management of public affairs
    synonyms: statecraft, statesmanship
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    type of:
    wisdom, wiseness
    the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
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