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synonyms for tactful

  • courteous
  • discreet
  • judicious
  • perceptive
  • polite
  • prudent
  • adroit
  • aware
  • cautious
  • civil
  • considerate
  • deft
  • delicate
  • diplomatic
  • gentle
  • observant
  • poised
  • polished
  • politic
  • sensitive
  • skilled
  • skillful
  • suave
  • subtle
  • sympathetic
  • tactical
  • understanding
  • urbane
  • wise
See also synonyms for: tactfully / tactfulness / untactful
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antonyms for tactful

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  • careless
  • foolish
  • impolite
  • incautious
  • reckless
  • rude
  • thoughtless
  • uncivil
  • unmannerly
  • unrefined
  • unwise
  • indiscreet
  • tactless
  • unthoughtful
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How to use tactful in a sentence

Miss Manners understands your mother-in-law’s not wanting to put friends and family to work, although she might have found a more tactful way to express it to your wife.
MISS MANNERS: I FEEL ROBBED OF MY POTLUCK WEDDINGJUDITH MARTIN, NICHOLAS MARTIN, JACOBINA MARTINJANUARY 14, 2021WASHINGTON POST
But she was a very tactful person and was about to drop the subject, when Isabel slowly turned her eyes.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
He had tried to soften his reply, but not being politic or tactful had succeeded only in expressing himself more brusquely.
DOROTHY AT SKYRIEEVELYN RAYMOND
This, or else a tactful absenteeism, became their custom whenever licencing matters came up to be discussed.
MUSHROOM TOWNOLIVER ONIONS
He felt he had not been tactful, but he was very tired, and if he ventured an explanation might make things worse.
THE GIRL FROM KELLER'SHAROLD BINDLOSS
No one knew how to flatter in so tactful a manner, particularly in portraits of ladies.
THE HISTORY OF MODERN PAINTING, VOLUME 1 (OF 4)RICHARD MUTHER
In a flash I understood Virginia's tactful attempts at warning.
PATCHWORKANNA BALMER MYERS
She is watchful and tactful,—the little mother-talks she remembers.
THE EUGENIC MARRIAGE, VOL. 3 (OF 4)W. GRANT HAGUE
It is by no means impossible to present even this act to the child's mind in a tactful way.
THE SEXUAL LIFE OF THE CHILDALBERT MOLL
He must be everlastingly tactful and not attempt more than the simplest advances at the beginning and not more than one at a time.
CHURCH COOPERATION IN COMMUNITY LIFEPAUL L. VOGT
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WORDS RELATED TO TACTFUL

  • bright
  • burnished
  • cavalier
  • courteous
  • courtly
  • couth
  • cultivated
  • diplomatic
  • glistening
  • polite
  • politic
  • refined
  • shiny
  • smooth
  • suave
  • tactful
  • urbane
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.