[ tak-til, -tahyl ]
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  1. of, pertaining to, endowed with, or affecting the sense of touch.

  2. 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

Other words from tactile

  • tac·til·i·ty [tak-til-i-tee], /tækˈtɪl ɪ ti/, noun
  • non·tac·tile, adjective
  • non·tac·til·i·ty, noun
  • un·tac·tile, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tactile


/ (ˈtæktaɪl) /

  1. of, relating to, affecting, or having a sense of touch: a tactile organ; tactile stimuli

  2. rare capable of being touched; tangible

Origin of tactile

C17: from Latin tactilis, from tangere to touch

Derived forms of tactile

  • tactility (tækˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

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Scientific definitions for tactile


[ tăktəl, tăktīl′ ]

  1. Used for or sensitive to touch.

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