Definition of

Tact

  1. (noun, attribute) consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense

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Synonyms of Tact

tactfulness

Origin of the word Tact

  1. 1650s, "sense of touch or feeling" (with an isolated instance from c.1200), from L. tactus "touch, feeling, handling, sense of touch," from root of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Meaning "sense of "discernment, diplomacy, etc." first recorded 1804, from a sense that developed in Fr. cognate tact. more

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