[ tak-til, -tahyl ]
/ ˈtæk tɪl, -taɪl /


of, pertaining to, endowed with, or affecting the sense of touch.
perceptible to the touch; tangible.

Origin of tactile

1605–15; < Latin tāctilis tangible, equivalent to tāct(us) (past participle of tangere to touch) + -ilis -ile

Related forms

tac·til·i·ty [tak-til-i-tee] /tækˈtɪl ɪ ti/, nounnon·tac·tile, adjectivenon·tac·til·i·ty, nounun·tac·tile, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tactile


/ (ˈtæktaɪl) /


of, relating to, affecting, or having a sense of toucha tactile organ; tactile stimuli
rare capable of being touched; tangible

Derived Forms

tactility (tækˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for tactile

C17: from Latin tactilis, from tangere to touch
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Medicine definitions for tactile


[ tăktəl, -tīl′ ]


Perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible.
Used for feeling.
Of, relating to, or proceeding from the sense of touch; tactual.

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Science definitions for tactile


[ tăktəl, tăktīl′ ]

Used for or sensitive to touch.

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