Tactful is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of tactful, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people
EXAMPLES - Tactful in a Sentence
- Webb being more tactful than the other two Puta's. (source)
- It's a real learning experience in tactful communication. (source)
- Never mind tactical, would a nuclear handgun be a "tactful" nuke? (source)
- However "tactful" the title of the post is the opposite of "tacky." (source)
- I.M. Pei, we learn, is "a tough master indeed, and a tactful diplomat." (source)
- I would have tried to remain tactful, but I definitely would have spoken up. (source)
- This was both a tactful and crucial distinction that the NAACP was right to make. (source)
- You can disagree or question authority in a tactful way, but never in a childish manner. (source)
- Such, then, is the man who observes the mean, whether he be called tactful or ready-witted. (source)
- If you've followed my feed, you'll know I'm fairly tactful and don't tell tales out of school. (source)
- The demand for terminological purity can be pushed beyond the scientifically "tactful" and productive. (source)
- He wasn't a mutineer, I was certain, but it probably wouldn't have been tactful to mention that just then. (source)
- If you want that, Cooly; if you want what are called 'tactful' methods, you'll have to go to some other man. (source)
- Once the business is given the tools needed to streamline its processes, it's crucial for IT to remain tactful. (source)
- The chain naturally prompted questions from visitors, the most tactful being: "Why are you locking your son away?" (source)
- The girl proved her right to be called tactful, and, seeing her advantage, followed it up quickly by a few bright words. (source)
- Davis remembered that tactful dismissal a few years later, when he was assembling the production team for "The Ant Bully." (source)
- The protection of the deceased's memory is of great importance to that person's family, so be kind, tactful, and sensitive. (source)
- That's like calling Boobiac chaste, or charming, or restrained, or intelligent, or tactful, or ... well I could do this all night. (source)
- I think Antony probably would've been murdered within a few years, because he wasn't very tactful in his way of demonstrating power. (source)
- He was tactful enough not to inquire further, and when he pointedly asked whether I happened to be working on anything, I just smiled. (source)
- TLI wanted to take Color Me Badd, lift the tactful veil of cheesy lyrics and put it out there -- these guys want to show girls their junk. (source)
- If you lean towards "tactful," the less emotional people people in your life may feel frustrated, wanting you to just "spit it out, already." (source)
- What is damaging for Cain is that his rivals, having maintained a tactful silence for over a week, have begun to discuss the claims in public. (source)
- Mosisili paid tribute to the Lesotho police for the "tactful" manner in which they had handled the "provocative" behaviour of the demonstrators. (source)
- It wasn't the most tactful thing to say, to that particular sepoy; I thought Sardul would go into a frenzy, the way he wept - but he wouldn't touch the cartridges. (source)
- The inevitable question is already being asked in a femininely hushed and tactful manner: Could this have been avoided if women had been involved in financial leadership? (source)
- I'm not a fan of censorship, but there is a balance to be struck between an artist's exploration in subject and media, and resulting useful (read in part, "tactful") artwork. (source)
- Under the direction of the mayor and Chief Charlie Beck, however, the LAPD officers last night were as "tactful" as could be, in the phrase one Occupy sympathizer who works at City Hall. (source)
- Poor Mrs. Sims, between her extreme honesty and her desire to see the schoolmaster, whom she really loved, assured of future comfort, had much ado to be 'tactful' and say the right thing. (source)
- I am told that I should keep my mouth shut, that criticizing colleagues is not "tactful," and will damage the reputation of science -- even when the CRU e-mails have already sunk that ship. (source)
- It was a kind of tactful revenge for all my mother's early misgivings on the train that I now drew the attention of a busload of passengers to the virtues of a rival reducer of cattle to size. (source)
- No! I am not going to call them "eighty years young," or employ any of those banal euphemisms with which would-be "tactful" but really club-footed sentimentalists insult the intelligence of the so-called "old." (source)
- Distraught by matrons embarrassed by fringed lampshades like their grandmothers 'and eager to help perfect Stan Hywet via their own taste, more refined than the Seiberlings they imagined, I found it difficult to always be tactful. (source)
- For me, tactful and tacky are not opposites, because "tactful" can only be used to refer to things people say, and "tacky" can only be used of actual objects or colour schemes, or clothes or whatever, but definitely physical things. (source)
- Japan's willingness to accept more assistance comes after a week of a tactful diplomatic back-and-forth between two close allies, and is still not at the level Obama administration officials say is merited by the gravity of the crisis. (source)
- He must have thought he was at a Palin rally where it is often seen as tactful to yell things like this to president of the united states of america. this is america, and we do have freedom of speech; he only stood to make himself look bad. god bless america. (source)
- She was driven to rise to being one of the most recognized rappers in her homeland of Senegal, and now she is driven to stop the practice of Female Genital Cutting; a tactful term for the removal of the clitoris, or more, that is still part of life and death in Senegal today. (source)
- The fact remains that while Barack Obama's Presidency affords reasonable hope for more tactful American diplomacy, no apparent solution is in sight, and when opportunities have been presented to assuage the crisis - the nuclear fuel-swap deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey comes to mind - they have been hastily squandered. (source)
- Well-informed and acutely critical he will probably be; but he will lack the saving grace of that "tactful" faculty which years of many-sided self-expression can alone evolve, -- a faculty which (as we have seen) is subtly adaptive when it deals with small matters, boldly imaginative when it deals with great matters, and delicately sympathetic along the whole range of its activity. (source)
- The novel is punctuated by these events, with two extremely tactful omissions: it resists almost all speculation about her sex life, going so far as to suggest her relationship with President Kennedy remained platonic (a dubious claim); and it ends with her performance at Kennedy's gala birthday celebration, three months before she died, thus rising above the standard wallowing in sordid, maudlin, or punitive endings to her tale. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 56.0, which suggests that "tactful" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 29 synonyms for tactful.
adroit, aware, cautious, civil, considerate, courteous, deft, delicate, diplomatic, discreet, gentle, judicious, observant, perceptive, poised, polished, polite, politic, prudent, sensitive, skilled, skillful, suave, subtle, sympathetic, tactical, understanding, urbane, wise
We have 14 antonyms for tactful.
careless, foolish, impolite, incautious, indiscreet, reckless, rude, tactless, thoughtless, uncivil, unmannerly, unrefined, unthoughtful, unwise
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of tactful from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Possessing or exhibiting tact; considerate and discreet: a tactful person; a tactful remark.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Possessing tact; able to deal with people in a sensitive manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Full of tact; characterized by a discerning sense of what is right, proper, or judicious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Having or manifesting tact; possessing or arising from nice discernment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people
- (adjective) having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others