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[takt-lis] /ˈtækt lɪs/
lacking tact; showing no tact; undiplomatic; offendingly blunt:
a tactless remark.
Origin of tactless
1840-50; tact + -less
Related forms
tactlessly, adverb
tactlessness, noun
rude, inconsiderate, thoughtless, brash, boorish. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Miss Ralston reproached herself for her tactlessness, and proceeded to make amends.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • Talkativeness, like tactlessness, has an undeniable face value that largely disappears on inspection.

  • If he did say it, however, it was somewhat in keeping with the tactlessness which he occasionally showed.

    William Hickling Prescott Harry Thurston Peck
  • Annoyed with my tactlessness in letting him know anything about it, I kicked Humphrey off his stool.

  • But they were used to tactlessness from Willie, and they merely winked mutually.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Narli realized that he had again overstepped the invisible boundary between candor and tactlessness.

    The Vilbar Party Evelyn E. Smith
  • In the talk at table the family, with Teuton tactlessness, now and then cried out the surpassing merits of the German young man.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • Mona, by her tactlessness, was setting her grandmother dead against such a plan, and undoing all the good he had done.

    The Making of Mona Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Mrs. Brereton wondered in her own mind where Maud could have got her tactlessness from.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
Word Origin and History for tactlessness



1847, from tact + -less. Related: Tactlessly; tactlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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