Definitions for: Tact

[n] consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offence

Webster (1913) Definition: Tact, n. [L. tactus a touching, touch, fr. tangere,
tactum, to touch: cf. F. tact. See Tangent.]
1. The sense of touch; feeling.

Did you suppose that I could not make myself
sensible to tact as well as sight? --Southey.

Now, sight is a very refined tact. --J. Le Conte.

2. (Mus.) The stroke in beating time.

3. Sensitive mental touch; peculiar skill or faculty; nice
perception or discernment; ready power of appreciating and
doing what is required by circumstances.

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.

A tact which surpassed the tact of her sex as much
as the tact of her sex surpassed the tact of ours.

Synonyms: tactfulness

Antonyms: tactlessness

See Also: address, considerateness, consideration, delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse, savoir-faire, thoughtfulness

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