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[takt-fuh l] /ˈtækt fəl/
having or manifesting tact:
a tactful person; a tactful reply.
Origin of tactful
First recorded in 1860-65; tact + -ful
Related forms
tactfully, adverb
tactfulness, noun
untactful, adjective
untactfully, adverb
Synonym Study
See diplomatic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But just in time I realized that this speech would not be tactful.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • "You can't be tactful with that kind of person," she asserted instantly.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • And every one at the Thespian would be tactful and considerate.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • With gentleness, with a tactful humoring, he would yet win her attention.

  • She thought he might have been clever enough to see that, while too tactful to betray it.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • It was not in any way a tactful speech, and Violet resented it.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • Latisan was not tactful in his excuse for the slack aspect of the house.

Word Origin and History for tactful

1864, from tact + -ful. Related: Tactfully; tactfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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