An example of tact is when you gently and politely correct someone's error without embarrassing or angering the person or drawing attention to the error.
- Archaic the sense of touch
- delicate perception of the right thing to say or do without offending; skill in dealing with people
- delicate sensitivity, esp. in aesthetics
Origin of tactFrench ; from Classical Latin tactus, past participle of tangere, to touch ; from Indo-European base an unverified form tag-, to touch, grasp from source Old English thaccian, to stroke
Origin of tactFrench, from Old French, sense of touch, from Latin t&amacron;ctus, from past participle of tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.
- The sense of touch; feeling.
- (music) The stroke in beating time.
- Sensitive mental touch; peculiar skill or faculty; nice perception or discernment; ready power of appreciating and doing what is required by circumstances.
- The ability to deal with embarrassing situations carefully and without doing or saying anything that will annoy or upset other people; careful consideration in dealing with others to avoid giving offense; the ability to say the right thing.
- By the use of tact, she was able to calm her jealous husband.
- I used tact when I told my fat uncle that his extra weight made him look better.