• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tactful showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people "by diplomatic conduct he avoided antagonizing anyone","a tactful way of correcting someone","the agency got the kid-glove treatment on Capitol Hill"
    • adj tactful having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others "she was tactful enough not to shatter his illusion","a tactful remark eased her embarrassment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tactful Full of tact; characterized by a discerning sense of what is right, proper, or judicious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tactful Having or manifesting tact; possessing or arising from nice discernment.
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  • George E. Bergman
    George E. Bergman
    “Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that's really where you wish they were.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “It is tact that is golden, not silence.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Silence is not always tact, but it is tact that is golden, not silence.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “Tact is knowing how far to go too far.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “Tact in audacity consists in knowing how far we may go too far.”
  • Oliver Herford
    Oliver Herford
    “Tact is to lie about others as you would have them lie about you.”


In literature:

O'Farrell was tactful and he knew his people.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
One main defect of his character, which was a want of tact, began to manifest itself.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
We assured him, tactfully, the result was most successful.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
Poor old Roxbury wouldn't have had the tact to inquire.
"The Husbands of Edith" by George Barr McCutcheon
The good woman did not possess the gift of tact.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
However, he instinctively said the tactful thing.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
He must, Nairne wrote, be paid tactfully for the accommodation he furnishes.
"A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs" by George M. Wrong
When he made this request he was fully aware that any injudiciousness, any want of tact, would be fatal to his object.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
She had almost childlike confidence in the tact of her unscrupulous mother.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
If tact and diplomacy are ever exercised, it must be in the management of relations-in-law.
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland

In poetry:

We thank you that in morning-dawn
Your woman's tact and aid were drawn
Our boisterous youthful art to guide!
"Mrs. Louise Brun" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
She's not a miracle of tact:
Her temper's not the best I know:
She's got her little faults in fact,
Although I never tell her so.
"After the Golden Wedding (Three Soliloquies)" by James Kenneth Stephen
What oppressed me so much
Was a bit shameful.
Talking of it aloud
Would show neither tact nor prudence.
It might even seem an outrage
Against the health of mankind.
"A Poem For the End of the Century" by Czeslaw Milosz
But no sooner, the fact is, you bind, as your tact is,
Your head with the vows of untruth,
Than you shine out more charming, and, what's more alarming,
You come forth beloved of our youth.
"To Barine" by Roswell Martin Field
Horatio was a decent guy,
And when she ravished from her heart
A damsite better man than I,
She seemed to me,—well, just a tart:
Her lack of tact I can't explain.
His picture,—is it hung again?
"Horatio" by Robert W Service
THE MORAL deals, as morals do,
With tact, and all its virtues boasted,
But still I can't forget, can you,
That wretched man, first chilled, then roasted?
Bronchitis seized him shortly after,
And that's no cause for vulgar laughter.
"The Impetuous Breeze And The Diplomatic Sun" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

Luckily the team arrived at the southern most part of Chile with all of their gear in tact.
With the re-election of President Barack Obama, the head of an Urbana-based health insurance agency says the Affordable Care Act will stay in tact, and if everything goes as planned, it will be implemented in January 2014.
Modesty and tact aren't two of John Holmberg's better virtues.
I used a tactful and age-appropriate version of the truth to respond.
Someone smarter than me, or at least more tactful, once said, "Never talk about politics or religion".
Two men have different tacts to connect with voters on the road.
After more than a thousand emails and phone calls poured into city hall, the mayor reached an agreement with Riverland AG to keep this downtown landmark in tact.
Like San Antonio, They Are Efficient, Tactful and Old.
Romney's message largely in tact : Jobs, jobs, jobs.
NeoChord Completes Enrollment for ' TACT ' Clinical Trial.
Editor's Viewpoint: An alarming lack of tact from Wells.
TACT presents June Havoc's 'Marathon '33.
Service-Level Agreements Take Tact , Honesty.
How to tactfully deal with a pregnant bridesmaid.
Thrift, stinginess, eccentricity, and tact.

In science:

We would expect all these features to occur in the corresponding boundary-driven version of the DDRD, in cases (like injection/ejection of dimers) so long as the injection and ejection processes keep the IS in tact.
Directed diffusion of reconstituting dimers
In the early experiments [8, 9] the groups observed a sharp peak in the t -dependence of the cross section in nuclei when the nucleus remained in tact (events without stubs).
Coherent Pion Production by Neutrinos
This has been a great conference, packed with important science and arranged with style, tact, thoughtful consideration for the participants, and deep scientific insight.
Summary Talk: International Symposium on Neutrino Astrophysics, Takayama/Kamioka (10/'92)
The student asked that all of the speakers for that day raise their hands and then went to each speaker to tactfully inquire if they had remembered to bring their viewgraphs. I am sure I speak for all of us who attended the conference in expressing our gratitude to J.
Summary Talk: International Symposium on Neutrino Astrophysics, Takayama/Kamioka (10/'92)
In other words, the RVB background is still, for the most part, in tact.
Conductivity of Doped Two-Leg Ladders