- Skill and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues: the inspector broke the news to me with tact and considerationMore example sentences
sensitivity, understanding, thoughtfulness, consideration, delicacy, diplomacy, discretion, discernment, judgement, prudence, judiciousness, perception, subtlety, wisdom, tactfulness; etiquette, courtesy, cordiality, politeness, decorum, mannerliness, polish, respect, respectfulness; French savoir faire, politesse• informal savvy
- The office needs tact, sensitivity, and skills of an unusual order.
- With great tact and skill, he was able to calm the crowd and disperse them.
- A controversial discussion can turn ugly very quickly, as tact is often a skill acquired at a more advanced language level.
mid 17th century (denoting the sense of touch): via French from Latin tactus 'touch, sense of touch', from tangere 'to touch'.