Definition of tactful in English:

tactful

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaktfʊl
 
, -f(ə)l/

adjective

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.
Synonyms
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

Derivatives

tactfully

adverb
More example sentences
  • ‘You must remember, I had done drama for three-quarters of my career,’ he replies tactfully.
  • Instead, she tactfully promotes the French way.
  • Also, being a senior member of the firm, the best manners in such a situation would have been tactfully to gloss over the whole accident and pay the measly dry cleaning bill himself.

tactfulness

noun
More 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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