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
Editors, generally tactful creatures, aren't always completely forthcoming with
  potential authors.
Partly because communicating these things in a tactful way is similarly
  difficult as interpreting social cues.
To be less tactful but more accurate, the offer was not frustrated.
We value tactful, useful, informative and honest communication among ourselves
  and with our community.
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