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 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 Be tactful and communicate as clearly as possible now. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for March 28, 2021," 28 Mar. 2021 A year later that was not a tactful question to ask. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "From Marks to Sharks: The Rise of the Retail Investor," 10 Mar. 2021 The picture that emerged was one in which Biden’s people would be more tactful than their predecessors, but the endgame would remain mostly unchanged. Robert Goulder, Forbes, "The BEPS Gambit: Is Corporate Tax Harmonization Doomed?," 3 Mar. 2021 The families include the perfect Bridgertons, the less tactful Featheringtons, the broody Duke of Hastings, and even the British Royal Family. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Bridgerton Fans Missed a ‘Massive’ Lady Whistledown Easter Egg in the Show's First Scene," 21 Feb. 2021 In my opinion, Nate is remarkably tactful for his age. Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, "Allegra Goodman on the Parents of Teens," 18 Jan. 2021 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

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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 Apr. 2021.

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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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