Definition of tact noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//tækt//
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the ability to deal with difficult or embarrassing situations carefully and without doing or saying anything that will annoy or upset other people synonym sensitivity Settling the dispute required great tact and diplomacy. She is not exactly known for her tact. Word Originmid 17th cent. (denoting the sense of touch): via French from Latin tactus ‘touch, sense of touch’, from tangere ‘to touch’.Extra examples The incident should have been handled with more tact by the police. The situation called for considerable tact. Their host, who was the soul of tact, never mentioned the incident again.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tact