As adjectives the difference between tactful and astute
is that tactful
is possessing tact; able to deal with people in a sensitive manner while astute
is quickly and critically discerning.
Possessing tact; able to deal with people in a sensitive manner.
quickly and critically discerning
shrewd or crafty
* 2014 , A teacher, "
Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents", The Guardian , 23 September 2014:
- The best headteachers are like submarine captains – cool-headed, astute decision-makers – who trust their colleagues and surroundings to indicate where their ship is headed.
* crafty, shrewd, wily