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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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  • Uncle, interposed Mildred tactfully, you must not be so persistent.

    The Fifth String

    John Philip Sousa
  • I will tell her that you did so upon my advice, and I will do it tactfully.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Senator said tactfully, "After all, Doctor Wilson would like you to see his project."

  • Mrs. Johns was on hand from the first, tactfully urging the bill.

  • "By all means, Archelaus, let us do it tactfully," agreed the Commandant.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • He had spent most of the hour tactfully trying to get away from Burris.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
Word Origin and History for tactfully



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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