ADJ-GRADED: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf (approval)
If you describe a person or what they say as tactful you approve of them because they are careful not to offend or upset another person.

He had been extremely tactful in dealing with the financial question...

I decided it wouldn't be tactful to order another beer.

Derived words:
tactfully ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v

Alex tactfully refrained from further comment.

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  • tactful — (adj.) 1864, from TACT (Cf. tact) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Tactfully; tactfulness …   Etymology dictionary

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  • tactful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or showing tact. DERIVATIVES tactfully adverb tactfulness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • tactful — [takt′fəl] adj. having or showing tact tactfully adv. tactfulness n …   English World dictionary

  • tactful — adj. tactful to + inf. (it was not tactful to mention that) * * * tactful to + inf. (it was not tactful to mention that) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • tactful — tactfully, adv. tactfulness, n. /takt feuhl/, adj. having or manifesting tact: a tactful person; a tactful reply. [1860 65; TACT + FUL] Syn. See diplomatic. * * * …   Universalium

  • tactful — tact|ful [ˈtæktfəl] adj not likely to upset or embarrass other people ≠ ↑tactless ▪ There was no tactful way of phrasing what he wanted to say. ▪ a tactful man >tactfully adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tactful — adj. Tactful is used with these nouns: ↑retreat …   Collocations dictionary

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