tactful

adjective

tact·​ful ˈtakt-fəl How to pronounce tactful (audio)
: having or showing tact
tactfully adverb
tactfulness noun

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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tactful was in 1864

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“Tactful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tactful. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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tactful

adjective
tact·​ful ˈtakt-fəl How to pronounce tactful (audio)
: having or showing tact
tactfully adverb
tactfulness noun

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