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tactful

[takt-fuh l] /ˈtækt fəl/
adjective
1.
having or manifesting tact:
a tactful person; a tactful reply.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; tact + -ful
Related forms
tactfully, adverb
tactfulness, noun
untactful, adjective
untactfully, adverb
Synonyms
See diplomatic.
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Examples from the web for tactful
  • 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.
  • The ideal candidate has a desire to work with the public, a persuasive, tactful manner and is accurate with detailed paperwork.
  • Therapists must be patient, tactful, and persuasive when working with people who have a variety of special needs.
  • Dealing with individuals from various socio-economic groups, including the disabled in a tactful, calm and confident manner.
  • Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, pleasant, and professional manner.
  • Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, pleasant and professional manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to a wide range of inquiries in a tactful and courteous manner.
Word Origin and History for tactful
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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