tactfulness

tactful

[takt-fuhl]
adjective
having or manifesting tact: a tactful person; a tactful reply.

Origin:
1860–65; tact + -ful

tactfully, adverb
tactfulness, noun
untactful, adjective
untactfully, adverb


See diplomatic.
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tact (tækt)
 
n
1.  a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others, so as to avoid giving offence or to win good will; discretion
2.  skill or judgment in handling difficult or delicate situations; diplomacy
 
[C17: from Latin tactus a touching, from tangere to touch]
 
'tactful
 
adj
 
'tactfully
 
adv
 
'tactfulness
 
n
 
'tactless
 
adj
 
'tactlessly
 
adv
 
'tactlessness
 
n

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