Tact

Noun

  • Sensitive mental touch; special skill or faculty; nice perception or discernment; ready power of appreciating and doing what is required by circumstances.
  • (psychology) A verbal operant which is controlled by a nonverbal stimulus (such as an object, event, or property of an object) and is maintained by nonspecific social reinforcement (praise).
  • (music) The stroke in beating time.
  • The ability to deal with embarrassing situations carefully and without doing or saying anything that will annoy or upset other people; careful consideration in dealing with others to avoid giving offense; the ability to say the right thing.

    "I used tact when I told my fat uncle that his extra weight made him look better."

  • The sense of touch; feeling.
  • The ability to deal with embarrassing situations carefully and without doing or saying anything that will annoy or upset other people; careful consideration in dealing with others to avoid giving offense; the ability to say the right thing.

    "By the use of tact, she was able to calm her jealous husband."

Verb

  • (psychology) To use a tact (a kind of verbal operant; see noun sense).

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