tactful

[takt-fuhl]
adjective
having or manifesting tact: a tactful person; a tactful reply.

Origin:
1860–65; tact + -ful

tactfully, adverb
tactfulness, noun
untactful, adjective
untactfully, adverb


See diplomatic.
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tact (tækt)
 
n
1.  a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others, so as to avoid giving offence or to win good will; discretion
2.  skill or judgment in handling difficult or delicate situations; diplomacy
 
[C17: from Latin tactus a touching, from tangere to touch]
 
'tactful
 
adj
 
'tactfully
 
adv
 
'tactfulness
 
n
 
'tactless
 
adj
 
'tactlessly
 
adv
 
'tactlessness
 
n

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tactful
1864, from tact + -ful. Related: Tactfully; tactfulness.
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Example sentences
No one talks but for the occasional murmur, tactfully hidden behind fan or hand.
But pragmatically, tactfully negotiating would have served us better than
  having them go home prematurely.
When translating into words the sign-language tantrums of her hot-tempered
  father, she tactfully softens their tone.
Numerous bits and pieces of famous and popular ballets are handsomely and
  tactfully intruded.
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