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[tak-choo-uh l]
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  1. of or relating to the sense of touch.
  2. communicating or imparting the sensation of contact; arising from or due to touch.
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Origin of tactual

1635–45; < Latin tāctu(s) touch (see tact) + -al1
Related formstac·tu·al·ly, adverbun·tac·tu·al, adjectiveun·tac·tu·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for tactual

Historical Examples

  • Tactual imagery would, of course, serve the purpose as well.

    The Measurement of Intelligence

    Lewis Madison Terman

  • The parrot is the most intelligent of birds, and its tactual power is also greatest.

  • I know that I must have dreamed because I recall no break in my tactual experiences.

  • There are tactual vibrations which do not belong to skin-touch.

  • Light, sound and tactual vibrations press upon you from every side.

British Dictionary definitions for tactual


  1. caused by touch; causing a tactile sensation
  2. of or relating to the tactile sense or the organs of touch
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Derived Formstactually, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin tactus a touching; see tact
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Word Origin and History for tactual


1640s, from Latin tactus "touch" (see tactile) + -al (1).

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tactual in Medicine


  1. Tactile.
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