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 (tăk′təl, -tīl′)
1. Relating to, involving, or perceptible to the sense of touch: tactile sensations; tactile sensitivity.
2. Characterized by or conveying an illusion of tangibility: tactile language.

[From Latin tāctilis, from tāctus, past participle of tangere, to touch; see tact.]

tac′tile·ly adv.
tac·til′i·ty (-tĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
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Noun1.tactility - the faculty of perceiving (via the skin) pressure or heat or paintactility - the faculty of perceiving (via the skin) pressure or heat or pain
somatic sense, somatic sensory system, somatosensory system, somaesthesis, somataesthesis, somesthesis, somaesthesia, somatesthesia, somesthesia - the faculty of bodily perception; sensory systems associated with the body; includes skin senses and proprioception and the internal organs
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1. The quality or condition of being discernible by touch:
2. The faculty or ability to perceive tactile stimulation:
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