Definition of "tactful" []

  • Possessing or exhibiting tact; considerate and discreet: a tactful person; a tactful remark. (adjective)
  • 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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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

Use "tactful" in a sentence
  • "I would have tried to remain tactful, but I definitely would have spoken up."
  • "Once the business is given the tools needed to streamline its processes, it's crucial for IT to remain tactful."
  • "Such, then, is the man who observes the mean, whether he be called tactful or ready-witted."