tact

[takt]
noun
1.
a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.
2.
a keen sense of what is appropriate, tasteful, or aesthetically pleasing; taste; discrimination.
3.
touch or the sense of touch.

Origin:
1150–1200; < Latin tāctus sense of touch, equivalent to tag-, variant stem of tangere to touch + -tus suffix of v. action

tack, tact, track, tract.


1. perception, sensitivity; diplomacy, poise.
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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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tact
1650s, "sense of touch or feeling" (with an isolated instance from c.1200), from L. tactus "touch, feeling, handling, sense of touch," from root of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Meaning "sense of "discernment, diplomacy, etc." first recorded 1804, from a sense that developed in Fr. cognate tact.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
TACT
total audit concept technique
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Example sentences
Tact and grace go a long way no matter what the negotiation.
The tread was in tact on the tire that failed today.
The dandy's strategy is to combine daring with tact, flamboyance with distance.
Prudence and tact compelled me to say little on this point.
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