tac·​til·​i·​ty | \ tak-ˈti-lə-tē \

Definition of tactility

1 : the capability of being felt or touched
2 : responsiveness to stimulation of the sense of touch

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Compared to the design minimalism practiced by Tesla, the Mercedes cabin is splendid in complication and tactility. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS: A Move Toward Electrification," 3 Aug. 2018 Indeed, their tactility is inherent to their charm. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Jeweler Pippa Small’s New Collection Was Hand-Forged 4,000 Meters Up in Bolivia," 22 Oct. 2018 Yet the standard chassis setup is a better fit for the car’s GT comportment and feels more natural without impeding the LC’s tactility. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2018 Lexus LC," 21 Feb. 2018 Represented by the bull, Taurus is known for its tactility. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's April 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 Mar. 2018 As inevitably happens in August, a sweltering heat with the tactility of dog's breath had come over Houston when Raja Chari reported to the Johnson Space Center. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 4: Catching Apollo fever as a new NASA employee," 30 Jan. 2018 With time, Solarshop evolved toward an emphasis on craft—handwork and tactility—and unique objects from around the world that the two find on their travels. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Is Antwerp’s Atelier Solarshop the Vibiest Store on Earth?," 12 Mar. 2018 The steering, shifter, and clutch are nearly perfect in terms of tactility, response, and weight—they’re substantial and responsive but not falsely heavy or twitchy, unlike in many other sporty cars where marketers seemingly dictated the feel. Erik Johnson, Car and Driver, "2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S Manual," 18 Jan. 2018 Still, its moderate tactility won’t let it be confused with the Porsche Cayenne’s more talkative tiller. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE43 / GLE43 Coupe," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of tactility

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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