tact

[ takt ]
/ tækt /

noun

a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.
a keen sense of what is appropriate, tasteful, or aesthetically pleasing; taste; discrimination.
touch or the sense of touch.

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Origin of tact

1150–1200; <Latin tāctus sense of touch, equivalent to tag-, variant stem of tangere to touch + -tus suffix of v. action

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tact

1. tack, tact , track, tract2. tacks , tax
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British Dictionary definitions for tact

tact
/ (tækt) /

noun

a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others, so as to avoid giving offence or to win good will; discretion
skill or judgment in handling difficult or delicate situations; diplomacy

Derived forms of tact

Word Origin for tact

C17: from Latin tactus a touching, from tangere to touch
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