tactful (adj.) 1864, from TACT (Cf. tact) + -FUL (Cf. -ful). Related: Tactfully; tactfulness.

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  • Tactful — Tact ful, a. Full of tact; characterized by a discerning sense of what is right, proper, or judicious. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tactful — index diplomatic, judicious, politic, subtle (refined) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tactful — [adj] thoughtful, careful adroit, aware, cautious, civil, considerate, courteous, deft, delicate, diplomatic, discreet, gentle, judicious, observant, perceptive, poised, polished, polite, politic, prudent, sensitive, skilled, skillful, suave,… …   New thesaurus

  • tactful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or showing tact. DERIVATIVES tactfully adverb tactfulness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • tactful — [takt′fəl] adj. having or showing tact tactfully adv. tactfulness n …   English World dictionary

  • tactful — adj. tactful to + inf. (it was not tactful to mention that) * * * tactful to + inf. (it was not tactful to mention that) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • tactful — [[t]tæ̱ktfʊl[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf (approval) If you describe a person or what they say as tactful you approve of them because they are careful not to offend or upset another person. He had been extremely tactful in dealing… …   English dictionary

  • tactful — tactfully, adv. tactfulness, n. /takt feuhl/, adj. having or manifesting tact: a tactful person; a tactful reply. [1860 65; TACT + FUL] Syn. See diplomatic. * * * …   Universalium

  • tactful — tact|ful [ˈtæktfəl] adj not likely to upset or embarrass other people ≠ ↑tactless ▪ There was no tactful way of phrasing what he wanted to say. ▪ a tactful man >tactfully adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tactful — adj. Tactful is used with these nouns: ↑retreat …   Collocations dictionary

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