Origin of tact
Examples from the Web for tact
He was no teacher, and he lacked the tact required in getting along with his classes.
The result has all the passion, tact, and nuance of a street-corner preacher.Atheist Philosopher Peter Boghossian’s Guide to Converting Believers|Michael Schulson|November 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The 27-year-old will need to display a level of tact and diplomacy with which he has not previously ever been associated.
The tapering of certain letters indicates the laudable trait of tact.For Presidential Hopefuls, the Handwriting Says It All|Sheila Kurtz|January 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
On the very first episode of that venerable program, Jock Ewing gave his son, J.R., a tart-tongued lesson about tact and subtlety.
"If you'll leave off trying to set up science in the place of God we'll overlook your lack of tact," he conceded finally.The Narrow House|Evelyn Scott
It must be, with such genius, tact and experience, all that a weekly periodical can be.
In the worst form, this appears as deceit; in the best, as tact.Practical Suggestions for Mother and Housewife|Marion Mills Miller
Tact might have been mightier than an army and wise measures might have worked wonders.The History of Sulu|Najeeb M. Saleeby
At any rate, I admired the sergeant's tact and savoir faire.The Great War As I Saw It|Frederick George Scott
British Dictionary definitions for tact
Word Origin for tact
Word Origin and History for tact
1650s, "sense of touch or feeling" (with an isolated instance from c.1200), from Latin tactus "touch, feeling, handling, sense of touch," from root of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Meaning "sense of "discernment, diplomacy, etc." first recorded 1804, from a sense that developed in French cognate tact.