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Meaning of TACT

Pronunciation:  takt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offence
 

TACT is a 4 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: tactfulness
 
 Antonyms: tactlessness
 
 See Also: address, considerateness, consideration, delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse, savoir-faire, thoughtfulness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Tact\, n. [L. tactus a touching, touch, fr. tangere,
tactum, to touch: cf. F. tact. See {Tangent}.]
1. The sense of touch; feeling.

         Did you suppose that I could not make myself
         sensible to tact as well as sight?    --Southey.

         Now, sight is a very refined tact.    --J. Le Conte.

2. (Mus.) The stroke in beating time.

3. Sensitive mental touch; peculiar skill or faculty; nice
   perception or discernment; ready power of appreciating and
   doing what is required by circumstances.

         He had formed plans not inferior in grandeur and
         boldness to those of Richelieu, and had carried them
         into effect with a tact and wariness worthy of
         Mazarin.                              --Macaulay.

         A tact which surpassed the tact of her sex as much
         as the tact of her sex surpassed the tact of ours.
                                               --Macaulay.

 

 

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