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[takt-fuh l] /ˈtækt fəl/
having or manifesting tact:
a tactful person; a tactful reply.
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. 2014.
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Examples from the web for tactfully
  • No one talks but for the occasional murmur, tactfully hidden behind fan or hand.
  • But pragmatically, tactfully negotiating would have served us better than having them go home prematurely.
  • When translating into words the sign-language tantrums of her hot-tempered father, she tactfully softens their tone.
  • Numerous bits and pieces of famous and popular ballets are handsomely and tactfully intruded.
  • The simple but elegant guest rooms are comfortable, spacious, and tactfully decorated.
  • They are sometimes tactfully asked why they haven't renewed.
  • Resolves personnel disputes to ensure problems are handled tactfully and expediently.
  • Resolves difficult personnel disputes tactfully and expediently when problems cannot be handled by lower level supervisors.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with the general public and court officials.
  • Communicating tactfully and effectively with those contacted in the course of the work.
Word Origin and History for tactfully



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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