EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin tāctus. Sense “keen perception” developed in French tact.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /tækt/
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  • Rhymes: -ækt

NounEdit

tact (countable and uncountable, plural tacts)

  1. The sense of touch; feeling. [from 1650s]
    • 1829, Robert Southey, Sir Thomas More; or, Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society
      Did you suppose that I could not make myself sensible to tact as well as sight?
    • 1881, Joseph LeConte, Sight: An Exposition on the Principles of Monocular and Binocular Vision
      Now, sight is a very refined tact.
  2. (music) The stroke in beating time.
  3. Sensitive mental touch; special skill or faculty; keen perception or discernment; ready power of appreciating and doing what is required by circumstances; the ability to say the right thing. [from early 19th c.]
    Synonyms: sensitivity, consideration, diplomacy, tactfulness
    By the use of tact, she was able to calm her jealous husband.
    I used tact when I told my fat uncle that his extra weight made him look better.
  4. (slang) Clipping of tactic.
    • 2006 "Block Party", Corner Gas
      Wanda "Hey, can you show us?"
      Karen "No"
      Brent "We promise not to make fun of you."
      Karen "No"
      Lacey "Okay, we promise TO make fun of you."
      Karen "I'm getting a drink"
      Lacey "I was trying a different tact."
      Wanda "Bad tack."
  5. (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).
    • 2013, Jacob L. Gewirtz, William M. Kurtines, Jacob L. Lamb, Intersections With Attachment
      Skinner (1957) saw such tacts as responses that are reinforced socially.

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VerbEdit

tact (third-person singular simple present tacts, present participle tacting, simple past and past participle tacted)

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

Further readingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “tact”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French tact.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

tact m (uncountable)

  1. tact, discernment

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin tactus.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

tact m (plural tacts)

  1. tact

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