Definition of "tact" []

  • Acute sensitivity to what is proper and appropriate in dealing with others, including the ability to speak or act without offending. (noun)
  • Archaic The sense of touch. (noun)
  • A sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others, so as to avoid giving offence or to win good will; discretion (noun)

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  • Skill or judgment in handling difficult or delicate situations; diplomacy (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tact" in a sentence
  • "A wealthy cit has as little regard for men of letters as a fashionable, nor has he the same tact of concealing his indifference; the well-bred man of fashion, who is alone truly the man of fashion, studies _tact_ above all things, and his tact prevents him ever regarding men of mind with any thing approaching contempt."
  • "Having the bulk of commuters come through the existing entrance, keeping the stairs in tact is "not appropriate, and it's not safe," he added."
  • "She was accomplished — possessed of that fine perception and sensitiveness, and that ready power of self-adaptation to the peculiarities and moods of others, which we term tact — and was, moreover, gifted with a certain natural grace, and manners the most winning imaginable."