- having or manifesting tact: a tactful person; a tactful reply.
Origin of tactful
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Examples from the Web for tactfully
To keep things from getting awkward, we offer tips on how to tactfully fill uncomfortable silences, toast each other, and more.Romney and Obama’s First Lunch: A Social Etiquette Guide
November 28, 2012
Asked whether Trierweiler's tweet hurt her chances, she demured, "I think it didn't help things, I would say, tactfully."Thomas Hollande and the Tweet Rocking France
July 12, 2012
German Chancellor Angela Merkel tactfully describes the situation as an “extraordinary international crisis.”And You Thought the Economy Was Scary?
March 7, 2009
How can I (a) prevent the topic from coming up, and (b) tactfully move it aside if it does?How to, Uh, Talk to People
December 23, 2008
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
Senator said tactfully, "After all, Doctor Wilson would like you to see his project."There Will Be School Tomorrow
V. E. Thiessen
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
Word Origin and History for tactfully
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