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Definitions of tact

  1. consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offence Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The sense of touch; feeling. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The stroke in beating time. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Sensitive mental touch; peculiar skill or faculty; nice perception or discernment; ready power of appreciating and doing what is required by circumstances. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Sympathetic understanding; ability to manage others with consideration for their feelings. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Touch; feeling; "Did you suppose that I could not make myself sensible to tact as well as sight, and assume corporeality as well as form."-Southey: peculiar skill or faculty; nice perception or discernment; skill or adroitness in doing or saying exactly what is required by circumstances; as, to be gifted with feminine tact. "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: the stroke in beating time in music. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Nice perception; skill. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. An intuitive appreciation of what is fit, proper, or right; discernment; skill; address. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Touch; feeling; peculiar skill or faculty; nice perception, specially in seeing exactly what to say and do in given circumstances. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Peculiar skill or faculty; skill in adapting words or actions to circumstances; nice discernment; knack. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. takt, n. adroitness in managing the feelings of persons dealt with: nice perception in seeing and doing exactly what is best in the circumstances: (mus.) the stroke in keeping time.--adjs. TACT'FUL; TAC'TILE, that may be touched or felt.--ns. TACTIL'ITY, state of being tactile: touchiness; TAC'TION, act of touching: sense of touch.--adj. TACT'LESS, without tact.--n. TACT'LESSNESS.--adj. TACT'[=U]AL, relating to, or derived from, the sense of touch.--adv. TACT'[=U]ALLY.--n. TACT'US, the sense of touch. [L. tactus--tang[)e]re, tactum, to touch.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  12. Intuitive perception of what is fitting esp. of the right thing to do or say, adroitness in dealing with persons or circumstances, whence tactful, tactless, aa., tactfully adv., tactlessness n.; (Mus.) stroke in beating time. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  13. n. [Latin] Peculiar skill or faculty ; nice perception; ready power of appreciating and doing what is required; skill or adroitness in adapting one’s speech and behaviour to circumstances ; delicate manipulation : dexterous management. Cabinet Dictionary

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