Definition of tactful in English:

tactful

adjective

  • Having or showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues.

    ‘they need a tactful word of advice’
    • ‘So it would appear that from now on I am going to have to be more tactful and diplomatic in my meanderings.’
    • ‘Do you have suggestions on how to handle the power balance or for tactful ways to request what I want?’
    • ‘The tactful use of his skills and a clear understanding of the game have made this young man an instant favourite with the crowds in an alien land.’
    • ‘Clint and his team were most tactful in giving advice on tactics and fish handling.’
    • ‘Be a catalyst for change by letting your actions and voices be heard in a diplomatic and tactful manner.’
    • ‘Some people are going to be disappointed, so I have been as tactful and constructive as possible.’
    • ‘Donna may feel conflicted between being tactful and being direct.’
    • ‘Janice, being the tactful veterinarian that I have grown to admire, calmly explained the situation to me in practical terms.’
    • ‘Thus, it is crucial that one be tactful and select his words wisely.’
    • ‘Maxwell was apparently tired of the tactful, diplomatic route Ralph was always preaching to him.’
    • ‘If you want to be kind, courteous, gracious and civil, and tactful, God bless you.’
    • ‘He must be dignified, he must be tactful and considerate of feelings and of every living creature he sees.’
    • ‘The agent was one of the most tactful and discreet people that I have ever met in my life.’
    • ‘You're graceful, poised, tactful and exude quite a refined, princess-like presence.’
    • ‘The issue was not broached in the most articulate or tactful manner, but it did generate quite a bit of discussion on our opinion pages.’
    • ‘His political opinions were on the Right, but he was tactful in not voicing them in the presence of people he knew to be of a different inclination.’
    • ‘I'm not sure I could be as tactful about the whole thing as he is, but when it comes down to it, I guess free speech is what we fight for.’
    • ‘I want to ask him about it, but can't think of a tactful way of doing it.’
    • ‘These are the questions at the centre of the author's tactful, patient investigations.’
    • ‘On my way from the lobby I had been musing over a tactful way to approach the interview.’
    considerate, sensitive, understanding, thoughtful, delicate, diplomatic, discreet, discerning, judicious, politic, perceptive, subtle, careful, treating someone with kid gloves, treating something with kid gloves
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Pronunciation

tactful

/ˈtaktfʊl//ˈtaktf(ə)l/