Definition of tact in English:



mass noun
  • Skill and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues.

    ‘the inspector broke the news to me with tact and consideration’
    • ‘A unique combination of tact, charm, deportment and sartorial style, he was all one would wish to see in an idol.’
    • ‘She lacked tact and the finesse it took to write something beautiful.’
    • ‘In this context, putting the case for armoured divisions was something that had to be done with skill and tact.’
    • ‘With great tact and skill, he was able to calm the crowd and disperse them.’
    • ‘She never really knew how to handle delicate situations requiring tact and sincere honesty.’
    • ‘The office needs tact, sensitivity, and skills of an unusual order.’
    • ‘A controversial discussion can turn ugly very quickly, as tact is often a skill acquired at a more advanced language level.’
    • ‘This kind of development work requires tact and cultural sensitivity.’
    • ‘Also, saying what you think is not the most useful skill for a job that requires a fair amount of tact.’
    • ‘She had expected the girls to look down their noses at her obvious lack of tact and knowledge of titles and English customs.’
    • ‘In particular the issue of race was handled with tact and care.’
    • ‘Helping survivors cope with the trauma needs knowledge and tact.’
    • ‘There's a swath of middle ground to consider, and given reasonable tact and grace you can probably find a spot there.’
    • ‘You deal with difficult situations efficiently and resolve conflicts with tact.’
    • ‘You're totally honest but know how to deliver any piece of news with kindness, smarts and tact.’
    • ‘Even now, he admired the skill and tact with which the review was written.’
    • ‘I know tact is difficult for you, but kindly refrain from humiliating me further.’
    • ‘You took the time to approach the issue with a lot more tact.’
    • ‘The key to your personal success in this effort is to use poise, grace and tact.’
    • ‘It is a situation that calls for sensitivity, tact and discretion.’
    sensitivity, understanding, thoughtfulness, consideration, delicacy, diplomacy, discretion, discernment, judgement, prudence, judiciousness, perception, subtlety, wisdom, tactfulness
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Mid 17th century (denoting the sense of touch): via French from Latin tactus ‘touch, sense of touch’, from tangere ‘to touch’.