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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tact  \Tact\,  n.  [L.  tactus  a  touching,  touch,  fr  tangere 
  tactum  to  touch:  cf  F.  tact.  See  {Tangent}.] 
  1.  The  sense  of  touch;  feeling. 
  Did  you  suppose  that  I  could  not  make  myself 
  sensible  to  tact  as  well  as  sight?  --Southey. 
  Now  sight  is  a  very  refined  tact.  --J.  Le  Conte. 
  2.  (Mus.)  The  stroke  in  beating  time. 
  3.  Sensitive  mental  touch;  peculiar  skill  or  faculty;  nice 
  perception  or  discernment;  ready  power  of  appreciating  and 
  doing  what  is  required  by  circumstances. 
  He  had  formed  plans  not  inferior  in  grandeur  and 
  boldness  to  those  of  Richelieu,  and  had  carried  them 
  into  effect  with  a  tact  and  wariness  worthy  of 
  Mazarin.  --Macaulay. 
  A  tact  which  surpassed  the  tact  of  her  sex  as  much 
  as  the  tact  of  her  sex  surpassed  the  tact  of  ours 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  consideration  in  dealing  with  others  and  avoiding  giving 
  offence  [syn:  {tactfulness}]  [ant:  {tactlessness}] 

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