tactfully


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tact·ful

 (tăkt′fəl)
adj.
Possessing or exhibiting tact; considerate and discreet: a tactful person; a tactful remark.

tact′ful·ly adv.
tact′ful·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.tactfully - showing tact or tactfulness; in a tactful manner; "he stepped tactfully in to prevent trouble"
tactlessly - without tact; in a tactless manner; "at the moment of the murder, he is standing in front of television cameras and talking tactlessly"
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Translations
بِلَباقَه، بِكِياسَه
taktně
háttvíslega
taktne
obzirno
inceliklekibarca

tactfully

[ˈtæktfəlɪ] ADV [suggest, point out] → con mucho tacto, discretamente
as tactfully as possiblecon el mayor tacto posible, lo más diplomáticamente posible
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

tactfully

[ˈtæktfʊli] advavec tact
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

tactfully

advtaktvoll
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

tactfully

[ˈtæktfəlɪ] advcon tatto, con discrezione
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

tact

(tӕkt) noun
care and skill in one's behaviour to people, in order to avoid hurting or offending them. He showed tact in dealing with difficult customers.
ˈtactful adjective
showing tact. a tactful person; tactful behaviour.
ˈtactfully adverb
ˈtactfulness noun
tactless adjective
without tact. a tactless person/remark.
ˈtactlessly adverb
ˈtactlessness noun
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References in classic literature ?
He tactfully avoided any mention of a future meeting and was rewarded with a little wave of her hand from the window of the cab.
"It cannot have sunk, surely," the Ancient Mariner would tactfully carry across the forbidding pause.
"It was brave of you to help Arthur the way you did - and you a stranger," she said tactfully, aware of his discomfiture though not of the reason for it.
Moses Mendlessohn having fallen ill sent for a Christian physician, who at once diagnosed the philosopher's disorder as trichinosis, but tactfully gave it another name.
Seal very tactfully more than once when she demanded, "Action!--everywhere!--at once!" as became her father's daughter.
But do you remember every word?" he insisted tactfully.
Ptitsin had tactfully retreated to Lebedeff's wing; and Gania soon followed him.
They saw war as they saw history, through an iridescent mist, deodorised, scented indeed, with all its essential cruelties tactfully hidden away.
Powell could not defend himself from some sympathy for that thick, bald man, comically shaped, with his crimson complexion and something pathetic in the rolling of his very movable black eyes in an apparently immovable head, who was so tactfully ready to take his competency for granted.
I began rather tactfully, I thought, but I had not gone far before she stopped me authoritatively.
Councillor Mikulin gave way tactfully, murmuring, "Oh, certainly, certainly.
Galloway went to the drawing-room and told the terrible news tactfully enough, so that by the time the company assembled there the ladies were already startled and already soothed.