Shrewd vs Tactful - What's the difference?

shrewd | tactful |


As adjectives the difference between shrewd and tactful

is that shrewd is showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters while tactful is possessing tact; able to deal with people in a sensitive manner.

shrewd

English

Adjective

(er)
  • showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters
  • artful, tricky or cunning
  • streetwise
  • *
  • knowledgeable
  • * {{quote-news
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  • (archaic) Scolding, satirical, sharp.
  • * 1599 ,
  • LEONATO. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.

    Derived terms

    * shrewdly * shrewdness

    tactful

    English

    Adjective

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

    * tactless