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Definition the ability or act of saying or handling things in such a way that others feel good about them
  • She has the tact of a politician or diplomat.
tact = the ability and tendency to say or handle things in such a way that others feel good about them
  • She has excellent ideas, but makes enemies because she is tactless.
  • tactless = says or handles things in a needlessly offensive manner
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in tactless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
  • She means well, but she lacks tact.
  • tact = the ability to say or handle things in such a way that others feel good about them
  • She's an excellent team captain because of her skill as a player and tact as a teammate.
  • tact = the ability and tendency to say or handle things in such a way that others feel good about them
  • Our tactless mother, especially, only made things go from bad to worse.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • tactless = the quality of saying or handling things in a needlessly offensive manner
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in tactless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
  • Tact had never been Rosa Hubermann's strong point.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • tact = saying or handling things in such a way that others feel good about them
  • I realized that this was not a tactful question.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tactful = considerate of others' feelings
  • And what made it worse was that, instead of tactfully ignoring it, Bernard proceeded to make open comments on this revoltingly viviparous scene.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • tactfully = in a manner that makes others feel good
  •   "I think I may be a little tired of my domain."
      "That's because it's a cage," Bob tells me. Bob is not always tactful.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • tactful = having the quality of saying things in a way that makes others feel good
  • Miller is rather crude and tactless, otherwise he would hold his tongue, for anybody can see that Kemmerich will never come out of this place again.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • tactless = without consideration of others' feelings
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in tactless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
  • Atticus said as tactfully as he could that he just didn't think he could stand a pageant tonight, he was all in.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tactfully = in a manner that is considerate of others' feelings
  • Probably it had been tactful to leave Daisy's house, but the act annoyed me, and her next remark made me rigid.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • tactful = polite (handled in a way that is considerate of others' feelings)
  • I told him about Bep and how tactless our mothers are.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • tactless = the quality of saying or handling things in a needlessly offensive manner
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in tactless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
  • Mine takes an active interest in my life, but has no tact, sensitivity or motherly understanding.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • tact = ability or tendency to handle things in a way that makes others feel good about them
  • But, because the offer was obviously and tactlessly for a service to be rendered, I had no choice except to cut him off there.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • tactlessly = in an offensive manner
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-lessly" in tactlessly means in a manner that is without. This is the same pattern you see in words like harmlessly, fearlessly, and remorselessly.)
  • Nevertheless there was a vague understanding that had to be tactfully broken off before I was free.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • tactfully = in a manner that makes others feel good
  • She's the one whose tactless comments and cruel jokes about matters I don't think are funny have made me insensitive to any sign of love on her part.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • tactless = the quality of saying or handling things in a needlessly offensive manner
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in tactless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
  • I imagine a mother as a woman who, first and foremost, possesses a great deal of tact, especially toward her adolescent children, and not one who, like Momsy, pokes fun at me when I cry.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • tact = ability and tendency to handle things in a way that makes others feel good about them
  • Ruth cued, too upset to be more tactful.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • "It was a remarkably complex case, sir," Powell began tactfully.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man

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