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

    The Fifth String
    John Philip Sousa
  • "By all means, Archelaus, let us do it tactfully," agreed the Commandant.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • 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.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • "Rabbi, we noticed that some of the men here were pulling wheat," one of them said tactfully.

    Men Called Him Master Elwyn Allen Smith
  • It immediately struck ten, tactfully, in a clear subdued tone.

    The Twelfth Hour Ada Leverson
Word Origin and History for tactfully



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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