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Tact vs Manipulation - What's the difference?

tact | manipulation |

As nouns the difference between tact and manipulation

is that tact is the sense of touch; feeling while manipulation is manipulation.

As a verb tact

is (psychology) to use a tact (a kind of verbal operant; see noun sense).



(en noun)
  • 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?
  • * J. Le Conte
  • Now, sight is a very refined tact .
  • (music) The stroke in beating time.
  • 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.
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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.
  • The ability to deal with embarrassing situations carefully and without doing or saying anything that will annoy or upset other people; careful consideration in dealing with others to avoid giving offense; the ability to say the right thing.
  • By the use of tact , she was able to calm her jealous husband.
    I used tact when I told my fat uncle that his extra weight made him look better.
  • (psychology) A verbal operant which is controlled by a nonverbal stimulus (such as an object, event, or property of an object) and is maintained by nonspecific social reinforcement (praise).
  • * 2013 , Jacob L. Gewirtz, William M. Kurtines, Jacob L. Lamb, Intersections With Attachment
  • Skinner (1957) saw such tacts as responses that are reinforced socially.

    Derived terms

    * tactful * tactless


    (en verb)
  • (psychology) To use a tact (a kind of verbal operant; see noun sense).
  • manipulation


    (en noun)
  • The practice of manipulating or the state of being manipulated.
  • The dealer's manipulations could have removed cards from the deck.
  • The skillful use of the hands in, for example, chiropractic.
  • After a few minutes of manipulation each week, she obtained days of relief from her neck pain.
  • The management of some situation, especially for one’s own advantage.
  • He found that the new manager was known for his Machiavellian manipulations in his last two positions.
  • The usage of psychological influence over a person or situation to gain an outcome.
  • The counselor was able to reach the disturbed teen through positive psychological manipulation .

    See also

    * pedipulation ----