Tactful vs Astute - What's the difference?

tactful | astute |


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.

tactful

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Possessing tact; able to deal with people in a sensitive manner.
  • Antonyms

    * tactless

    astute

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • 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.

    Synonyms

    * crafty, shrewd, wily

    Derived terms

    * astutely * astuteness

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