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[takt-lis] /ˈtækt lɪs/
lacking tact; showing no tact; undiplomatic; offendingly blunt:
a tactless remark.
Origin of tactless
1840-50; tact + -less
Related forms
tactlessly, adverb
tactlessness, noun
rude, inconsiderate, thoughtless, brash, boorish. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tactless
  • It never pays to be discourteous, tactless or inconsiderate to anyone.
  • Oh right, of course, as soon as anyone has the guts to have a differing viewpoint they are labeled cantankerous and tactless.
  • Elderly people with loss of executive function--lessening of inhibitions--are more likely to offer useful, but tactless, advice.
  • He is sad, impulsively saying something inflammatory or tactless, blurting out words he will later regret.
  • McCullough says he could be tactless, abrasive, and opinionated.
  • Is tactless, disrespectful or biased when dealing with the public or fellow members of the law enforcement community.
  • For what the zealots in their tactless ardor always seem to forget is that, so far.
Word Origin and History for tactless

1847, from tact + -less. Related: Tactlessly; tactlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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