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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. discreto
Be tactful and try not to mention her divorce at dinner.Sé discreto y trata de no mencionar su divorcio durante la cena.
b. diplomático
I tried to come up with a tactful response so I wouldn't hurt your feelings.Intenté encontrar una respuesta diplomática para no herir tus sentimientos.
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Being a very tactful person, Amanda remained silent when she saw her colleague crying.Por ser una persona con mucho tacto, Amanda guardó silencio cuando vio a su colega llorando.
Diego wasn't a very tactful person and managed to offend everyone he met.Diego no tenía mucho tacto y lograba ofender a cualquier persona que le presentaran.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. discreto(a), diplomático(a)
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tactful [ˈtæktfʊl]
[+person, behaviour, remark, question] diplomático; discreto
she's very tactful she's a very tactful person tiene mucho tacto; es muy diplomática or discreta
His companion left the room with a tactful lack of fuss
the tactful thing would have been to say nothing lo diplomático hubiese sido no decir nada; that wasn't a very tactful question no fue una pregunta muy diplomática or discreta
"John was a smart boy, but he came from a family," Hanson hesitated, groping for a tactful phrase, "with no polish, no education" There may not be much you can do to change the situation, but sometimes a few tactful suggestions may help. This is the ideal lover's gift if tactful hints fail
he maintained a tactful silence mantuvo un discreto silencio
China maintained a tactful [silence] about reforms in the Soviet Union
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