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

Definition of tactful

: having or showing tact

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 Compare that to the stance of French President Emmanuel Macron, who vowed in less-than-tactful language last week to make the life of the unvaccinated a living hell. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 After barricading himself in a room, SWAT Teams addressed the situation utilizing tactful methods which resulted in authorities being feet away from Jordan. Ayushi Agarwal, ABC News, 10 Nov. 2021 This is your chance to help show them the future in a tactful, truthful way and support their efforts in finding a better fit down the road. Julie Holunga, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Annual cicadas are stealthy, more inconspicuous creatures than their less tactful periodical counterparts, Kritsky said. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, 27 July 2021 The historic state visit was not taken lightly, with tactful considerations infusing every detail of the trip right down to the stitches on her garments. Leah Dolan, CNN, 11 June 2021 While many business owners shriek at the thought of them, there are tactful ways to handle bad online reviews, save the customer from leaving for the competition, and even offer you a chance to learn how to make your product or service better. Rebecca Kowalewicz, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 The truth is, however, speaking up about this successfully requires a tactful approach. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Be tactful and communicate as clearly as possible now. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2021

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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 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of tactful

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


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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