Definition of tactful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaktfʊl/


Having or showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues: they need a tactful word of advice
More example sentences
  • The tactful use of his skills and a clear understanding of the game have made this young man an instant favourite with the crowds in an alien land.
  • Be a catalyst for change by letting your actions and voices be heard in a diplomatic and tactful manner.
  • The issue was not broached in the most articulate or tactful manner, but it did generate quite a bit of discussion on our opinion pages.
considerate, sensitive, understanding, thoughtful, delicate, diplomatic, discreet, discerning, judicious, politic, perceptive, subtle, careful, treating someone/something with kid gloves;
courteous, cordial, polite, decorous, seemly, respectful
informal savvy
dated mannerly



Pronunciation: /ˈtaktfʊlnəs/ /ˈtaktf(ə)lnəs/
Example sentences
  • More than that, it is the essence of delicacy and tactfulness in American film.
  • Another way is to ensure that managers are well trained in the art of tactfulness and diplomacy and given plenty of opportunity to experience living and working in different cultures.
  • I had never been able to let go of caution, even when the constant tactfulness and consideration became painful.
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