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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
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See diplomatic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Yes," I said, grateful for the screen's tactfulness, unintentional or not.

    The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • Would they end by proving her destruction, notwithstanding all her tactfulness?

    The Hidden Force Louis Couperus
  • With much of his father's haughtiness of manner he combined a tactfulness and self-control which his father never exhibited.

  • My father's tactfulness toward us amounted almost to timidity.

  • Dr. Weilen's tactfulness made it easy to guide the conversation into general channels.

  • The two girls showed their appreciation for his tactfulness in different ways.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • The most that they could hope was by great "tactfulness" to persuade her to be "reasonable" on certain points.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • An incident followed which once more showed the tactfulness of character so desirable and important in a Sovereign.

    The Life of King Edward VII J. Castell Hopkins
  • They are heathen; but if the religious would enter there with love and tactfulness they would teach them.

  • Still, I will give Kennedy credit for a tactfulness that I didn't know the old fellow possessed.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
Word Origin and History for tactfulness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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