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[takt-fuh l] /ˈtækt fəl/
having or manifesting tact:
a tactful person; a tactful reply.
Origin of tactful
1860-65; tact + -ful
Related forms
tactfully, adverb
tactfulness, noun
untactful, adjective
untactfully, adverb
See diplomatic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • "You can't be tactful with that kind of person," she asserted instantly.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • But just in time I realized that this speech would not be tactful.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • With gentleness, with a tactful humoring, he would yet win her attention.

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

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • It is well to always remember to be tactful and patient and kind to these boys.

  • 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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