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

Definition of tactful

: having or showing tact

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tactfully \ ˈtakt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce tactfully (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 As always, please be tactful when zapping back to plant investment ideas. Jason Karaian, Quartz, "If you have a time machine, go back and tell yourself to buy these stocks," 24 Dec. 2019 Instead of cash, a gift card is a more tactful way to give a monetary gift. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "A Modern Guide to Gift-Giving Etiquette," 16 Oct. 2019 Yet one benefit that a contribution on this scale buys its donors is silence, or perhaps tactful blindness. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Resnicks set a record with Caltech gift, but altruism isn’t the whole story," 1 Oct. 2019 While some applauded Zelenskiy as a tactful diplomat, others criticized him for acting subservient to Trump. NBC News, "Ukraine's Zelenskiy avoids backlash at home over Trump call," 26 Sep. 2019 Despite losing star receiver Tyreek Hill early, Patrick Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns while leading Kansas City to a testy and tactful 40-26 victory over the injury-riddled Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. oregonlive, "Kansas City stomps short-handed Jacksonville Jaguars: Live updates recap, score, stats and more," 8 Sep. 2019 Be honest about your feelings and opinions in a tactful, non confrontational way to avoid future misunderstandings. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 10, 2019: Leo, money can motivate; Sagittarius, business deal could be too good to be true," 10 Sep. 2019 Or is there a tactful way to find out if my wife is invited? Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: They took advantage of our party invitation," 27 July 2019 Or is there a tactful way to find out if my wife is invited? Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Guest list gets out of hand," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of tactful

1864, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2020

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“Tactful.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactful. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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

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

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