tactful

adjective
tact·​ful | \ ˈtakt-fəl How to pronounce tactful (audio) \

Definition of tactful

: having or showing tact

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Other Words from tactful

tactfully \ ˈtakt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce tactful (audio) \ adverb
tactfulness noun

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Examples of tactful in a Sentence

He gave a tactful critique of her story. It was tactful of her not to criticize me in front of my boss.
Recent Examples on the Web Returning a gift might make someone feel unappreciated, so be tactful. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 27, 2020: Gemini, hope for the best; Virgo, change things up," 27 Dec. 2020 While Obama’s own talk with the justice was tactful, changing conditions should have made his implicit agenda clear, according to the two people briefed about the meeting, who spoke only on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the topic. Susan Dominus And Charlie Savage, chicagotribune.com, "The 2013 Obama-Ginsburg lunch that could have altered Supreme Court history — but didn’t," 26 Sep. 2020 In formal reports, private conversations with congressional staffers and local officials, and a growing presence on Twitter and in the popular press, Rivers has emerged as a clear-eyed, tactful narrator of the unfolding pandemic. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "To fight COVID-19, a young epidemiologist bridges the gulf between science and U.S. politics," 10 Sep. 2020 But for anyone who still did not hear about it, Miss Manners finds your wording extremely tactful. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Informing people of an unexpected death," 4 Sep. 2020 Earn respect and favorable attention by being diplomatic and tactful. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 20, 2020: Aries, people notice your dedication; Scorpio, be diplomatic, tactful," 20 Aug. 2020 Is there a tactful way to ask the groom's parents to split the bill for the reception dinner at this year's smaller do? The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'Even the dog'," 31 July 2020 The agency also falls into inaction at home from bureaucratic self-protectiveness and abroad from an excessive eagerness on the part of some inspectors to be tactful rather than confrontational. Daniel J. Kevles, The New York Review of Books, "The Scandal of Our Drug Supply," 6 July 2020 Be tactful in discussions during which differences arise. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of tactful

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Tactful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactful. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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tactful

adjective
How to pronounce tactful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tactful

: careful not to offend or upset other people : having or showing tact

tactful

adjective
tact·​ful | \ ˈtakt-fəl How to pronounce tactful (audio) \

Kids Definition of tactful

: having or showing the ability to do or say things without offending other people

Other Words from tactful

tactfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
tactfulness noun

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