[takt-fuh l]


having or manifesting tact: a tactful person; a tactful reply.

Origin of tactful

First recorded in 1860–65; tact + -ful
Related formstact·ful·ly, adverbtact·ful·ness, nounun·tact·ful, adjectiveun·tact·ful·ly, adverb

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Contemporary Examples of tactful

Historical Examples of tactful

  • But just in time I realized that this speech would not be tactful.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • "You can't be tactful with that kind of person," she asserted instantly.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • And every one at the Thespian would be tactful and considerate.

  • With gentleness, with a tactful humoring, he would yet win her attention.

  • She thought he might have been clever enough to see that, while too tactful to betray it.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

Word Origin and History for tactful

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper