tac·​til·​i·​ty tak-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce tactility (audio)
: the capability of being felt or touched
: responsiveness to stimulation of the sense of touch

Examples of tactility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stella wanted to continue where Picasso had left off and show that abstract painting could have the fullness — the satisfying tactility — of the real world. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, 5 May 2024 The spectre of tactility, if not tactility itself, reminds the viewer that there are thousands of people behind these postcards, and thousands of hours over the course of twenty years were spent creating them. Hazlitt, 3 Apr. 2024 Broadly speaking, the focus is less on silhouette (though there were shoulders of Claude Montana–ish proportions) than on materials and tactility. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 12 Mar. 2024 Here, midcentury Brazilian and American furniture sit amid African statuettes and masks, Abstract Expressionist canvases, contemporary sculpture and clashing textures that give the house an unusual tactility. Hanya Yanagihara, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 Displaying stapled photocopies meant to be subterranean and anti-institutional behind glass, in a museum, will always feel a bit strange, particularly when the original appeal of zines was both their tactility and their disposability. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2024 Optional haptic feedback adds tactility, and the keyboard kept up with fast input better than expected. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 23 June 2023 But if the lattice-free keyboard lacked distinct tactility, capacitive touch buttons are only worse. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2024 Still, their strain of minimalism has some inherent warmth, mostly because of the grain of the various woods, the tactility of the few pale fabrics throughout and the way that every surface seems to absorb and capture light in a city that’s famous for being dark. Kurt Soller Alexis Armanet, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tactility was in 1659

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“Tactility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactility. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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