[takt-fuh l]


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

Nearby words

  1. tacoma,
  2. taconic mountains,
  3. taconite,
  4. tacrine hydrochloride,
  5. tact,
  6. tactfully,
  7. tactic,
  8. tactical,
  9. tactical air command,
  10. tactical unit

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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Word Origin and History for tactful



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

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