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tactful

adjective uk   /ˈtækt.fəl/ us  
C2 careful not to say or do anything that could upset someone: Mentioning his baldness wasn't very tactful.
tactfully
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
I tried to say as tactfully as I could that she was totally wrong.
Translations of “tactful”
in Korean 재치있는, 약삭빠른…
in Arabic لَبِق…
in Portuguese discreto, delicado…
in Catalan discret…
in Japanese 機転が利く, 気が利く, 如才ない…
in Italian pieno di tatto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 圓滑的,乖巧的,機敏的…
in Russian тактичный…
in Turkish incelikli, düşünceli, zarif…
in Chinese (Simplified) 圆通的,乖巧的,机敏的…
in Polish taktowny…
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