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tactful

[takt-fuh l] /ˈtækt fəl/
adjective
1.
having or manifesting tact:
a tactful person; a tactful reply.
Origin of tactful
1860-1865
1860-65; tact + -ful
Related forms
tactfully, adverb
tactfulness, noun
untactful, adjective
untactfully, adverb
Synonyms
See diplomatic.
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  • She had loved this unalterable good-temper of his, and admired the tactful way he had of humouring women.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • It is well to always remember to be tactful and patient and kind to these boys.

  • But just in time I realized that this speech would not be tactful.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Neither was it tactful to recall a sentiment which might have been a weakness of which she was ashamed.

  • And every one at the Thespian would be tactful and considerate.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • It was a delicate business, too, calling for tactful manipulation.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • In as tactful a manner as possible he labored to prevent the Committee on Nominations from presenting his name.

    Frank H. Nelson of Cincinnati Warren C. Herrick
Word Origin and History for tactful
adj.

1864, from tact + -ful. Related: Tactfully; tactfulness.

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