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.
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.
Other Word Forms
Origin of tact
- French from Old French sense of touch from Latin tāctus from past participle of tangere to touch tag- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition