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TACTFUL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tactful mean? 

TACTFUL (adjective)
  The adjective TACTFUL has 2 senses:

1. having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others
2. showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people

  Familiarity information: TACTFUL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TACTFUL (adjective)


Sense 1tactful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others

Context examples:

she was tactful enough not to shatter his illusion / a tactful remark eased her embarrassment

Similar:

discerning; discreet (unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic)

Also:

considerate (showing concern for the rights and feelings of others)

Antonym:

tactless (lacking or showing a lack of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others)


Sense 2tactful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people

Synonyms:

kid-glove; tactful

Context examples:

by diplomatic conduct he avoided antagonizing anyone / a tactful way of correcting someone / the agency got the kid-glove treatment on Capitol Hill

Similar:

diplomatic; diplomatical (skilled in dealing with sensitive matters or people)


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