being careful in ones speech and actions to avoid unnecessary offense

a.k.a. delicacy, diplomacy

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • being blunt
  • being catty (deliberately untactful)
  • being political (tact taken to extremes of euphemism and inauthenticity)
  • being tactless
  • rubbing someone’s nose in something

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “If you are desirous to gain lasting respect; if you wish to offend no one; to tire no person by your conversation, I advise you not to season your discourse constantly with aspersions, ridicule, and backbiting, nor to use yourself to the contemptible custom of jeering.” ―Baron Knigge