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Definition of tact (Meaning of tact)
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Tact Tact, n. [L. tactus a touching, touch, fr. tangere,
	     tactum, to touch: cf. F. tact. See {Tangent}.]
	     1. The sense of touch; feeling.
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	              Did you suppose that I could not make myself
	              sensible to tact as well as sight?    --Southey.
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	              Now, sight is a very refined tact.    --J. Le Conte.
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	     2. (Mus.) The stroke in beating time.
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	     3. Sensitive mental touch; peculiar skill or faculty; nice
	        perception or discernment; ready power of appreciating and
	        doing what is required by circumstances.
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	              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.
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	              A tact which surpassed the tact of her sex as much
	              as the tact of her sex surpassed the tact of ours.
	                                                    --Macaulay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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