- Tact is the act of using gentle language and behaving in a sensitive manner when dealing with potentially controversial issues.
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.
tact definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French ; 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
tact definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Acute sensitivity to what is proper and appropriate in dealing with others, including the ability to speak or act without offending.
- Archaic The sense of touch.
Origin: French, from Old French, sense of touch, from Latin tāctus, from past participle of tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.