from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Possessing or exhibiting tact; considerate and discreet: a tactful person; a tactful remark.

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  • adj. Possessing tact; able to deal with people in a sensitive manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of tact; characterized by a discerning sense of what is right, proper, or judicious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or manifesting tact; possessing or arising from nice discernment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people
  • adj. having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others


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  • Such, then, is the man who observes the mean, whether he be called tactful or ready-witted.


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  • However "tactful" the title of the post is the opposite of "tacky."


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