Definitions: (1) possessing a keen sense of what to say or do <especially to avoid giving offense>; fitting; having skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations; diplomatic; (2) considerate of and concerned for the sensibilities of others <particularly those who are troublesome or stubborn>; persuasive; (3) possessing a shrewd sense of what is appropriate, tasteful, or aesthetically pleasing; discriminating
Compatible Qualities: patient, sagacious
Familial Qualities: finesse, graceful
• Tact is the ability to step on a man’s toes without messing up the shine on his shoes. — Harry S. Truman (1884–1972) The 33rd President of the United States
• Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American author & statesman
Comment: To be tactful is not to be compromising. One must perceive the consciousness of one’s audience to understand what and how to say precisely what is needed.