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

n negotiation between nations

diplomatic negotiations
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
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

n subtly skillful handling of a situation

delicacy, discreetness, finesse
Type of:
tact, tactfulness
consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense

n wisdom in the management of public affairs

statecraft, statesmanship
Type of:
wisdom, wiseness
the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight

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