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tactful

[takt-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. having or manifesting tact: a tactful person; a tactful reply.
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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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  • 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

adj.

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

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