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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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  • Uncle, interposed Mildred tactfully, you must not be so persistent.

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  • "By all means, Archelaus, let us do it tactfully," agreed the Commandant.

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  • Carefully and tactfully, the father approaches the fundamental truths of sex hygiene.

  • After breakfast Kennedy tactfully withdrew from the family, and I did the same.

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  • "Rabbi, we noticed that some of the men here were pulling wheat," one of them said tactfully.

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  • It immediately struck ten, tactfully, in a clear subdued tone.

    The Twelfth Hour Ada Leverson
Word Origin and History for tactfully

tactful

adj.

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

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