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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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  • Poor, untactful, unhappy Brownie started to follow as of old.

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  • This was indeed Bertha's conviction, and her untactful silence said as much.

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  • There may be some blunders, some bad steps, some untactful work.

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    S. D. Gordon
  • Neither Peppajee nor Baumberger made reply of any sort, and Peaceful turned his mild eyes reproachfully toward his untactful son.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Later, at home, Irinushka was scolded for her behaviour, regarded as untactful by Priest Zakrasin.

    The Created Legend Feodor Sologub
  • Never to commit an untactful action—in that consisted the chief precept of Doubelov's life.

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Word Origin and History for untactful



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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