tact·​less ˈtakt-ləs How to pronounce tactless (audio)
: marked by lack of tact
tactless comments
tactless methods
tactlessly adverb
tactlessness noun

Examples of tactless in a Sentence

made a tactless remark about how the woman's dress had that “homemade” look
Recent Examples on the Web Foreign audiences generally perceived the new diplomatic style as impolite and tactless. Tyler Jost, Foreign Affairs, 27 June 2024 But there’s a bigger reason than avoiding the social blunder of being tactless in sending a get well card in a world that left so many of us not to ‘get well’ at all, ever. Paul Keane, Hartford Courant, 10 May 2024 For instance, Sagittarius' brutally honest and often tactless approach could clash with Cancer's hypersensitive nature, leading to misunderstandings between the two. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 25 June 2024 In a pandemic, recovery may be tactless topic to raise in a country where a million people died of the covid virus and millions remain terrified of catching it, especially with the long term side effects still uncertain. Paul Keane, Hartford Courant, 10 May 2024 But until that time, Thomas embodies a no-nonsense journalistic furor — if an occasionally tactless one, given the risks — over the state’s control over information, and over their visit. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 16 May 2024 Second, its tactless characters provided a useful moral compass. Karla Miller, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis create an effortless synergy while their higher-ups — played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell — steal the show by acting out the tactless, HR nightmares that come back to haunt them. James Mercadante and Kelsie Calderon, EW.com, 19 Sep. 2023 The comment is more than a little tactless, considering Jackie was only taken in by the Walters after losing her entire family in a car accident. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tactless was circa 1847

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“Tactless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactless. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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