Definition of tactless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaktləs/


Having or showing a lack of skill and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues: a tactless remark
More example sentences
  • He's tactless and lacks judgment but he's irresistible just the same.
  • Her responses grew more tentative and insecure with each of his outrageously tactless remarks.
  • For a prime minister who fought the election on improving public services, such increases look like thoughtless and tactless extravagance.
insensitive, inconsiderate, thoughtless, unthinking, indelicate, undiplomatic, impolitic, indiscreet, unsubtle, clumsy, heavy-handed, graceless, awkward, unpolished, inept, bungling, maladroit, gauche, undiscerning, unsophisticated;
blunt, straightforward, frank, plain-spoken, outspoken, abrupt, precipitate;
gruff, bluff, rough, crude, coarse, speaking as one finds, calling a spade a spade, like a bull in a china shop;
imprudent, injudicious, unwise, foolhardy;
rude, impolite, uncouth, discourteous, crass, tasteless, impertinent, disrespectful, ungentlemanly, unladylike, boorish, uncivilized, uncivil;
unkind, uncaring, uncalled for, callous, hurtful, thick-skinned, uncharitable, cruel



Pronunciation: /ˈtaktləsli/
Example sentences
  • Try not to get obnoxiously and tactlessly drunk.
  • It would be tactlessly trite and simplistic to say that because Camara has suffered personally then he could not be hurt professionally.
  • Behaving so aggressively and tactlessly, making demands, must have a reason.


Pronunciation: /ˈtaktləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • She drives everyone nuts with her tactlessness.
  • I cringed at my tactlessness and hoped he wouldn't take offense.
  • Mary Queen of Scots was recorded as very tall and beautiful but with a fiery temperament that often caused her to act on impulse and brought forth criticisms of tactlessness.

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