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Tact vs. Finesse

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Tactnoun

The sense of touch; feeling.

Finessenoun

(uncountable) Skill in the handling or manipulation of a situation.

Tactnoun

(music) The stroke in beating time.

Finessenoun

(uncountable) The property of having elegance, grace, refinement, or skill.

Tactnoun

Sensitive mental touch; special skill or faculty; keen perception or discernment; ready power of appreciating and doing what is required by circumstances.

Finessenoun

(countable) An adroit manoeuvre.

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Tactnoun

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.

β€˜By the use of tact, she was able to calm her jealous husband.’; β€˜I used tact when I told my fat uncle that his extra weight made him look better.’;

Finessenoun

In bridge, whist, etc.: a technique which allows one to win a trick, usually by playing a card when it is thought that a card that can beat it is held by another player whose turn is over.

Tactnoun

(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).

Finesseverb

To evade (a problem, situation, etc.) by using some clever argument or strategem.

Tactverb

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

Finesseverb

To play (a card) as a finesse.

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Tactnoun

The sense of touch; feeling.

β€˜Did you suppose that I could not make myself sensible to tact as well as sight?’; β€˜Now, sight is a very refined tact.’;

Finesseverb

(ambitransitive) To handle or manage carefully or skilfully; to manipulate in a crafty way.

Tactnoun

The stroke in beating time.

Finesseverb

To attempt to win a trick by finessing.

Tactnoun

Sensitive mental touch; peculiar skill or faculty; nice perception or discernment; ready power of appreciating and doing what is required by circumstances.

β€˜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.’; β€˜A tact which surpassed the tact of her sex as much as the tact of her sex surpassed the tact of ours.’;

Finesseverb

To play a ball out of the way of an opponent.

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Tactnoun

consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offence

Finessenoun

Subtilty of contrivance to gain a point; artifice; stratagem.

β€˜This is the artificialest piece of finesse to persuade men into slavery.’;

Finessenoun

The act of finessing. See Finesse, v. i., 2.

Finesseverb

To use artifice or stratagem.

Finesseverb

To attempt, when second or third player, to make a lower card answer the purpose of a higher, when an intermediate card is out, risking the chance of its being held by the opponent yet to play.

Finessenoun

subtly skillful handling of a situation

Finesse

In contract bridge and similar games, a finesse is a card play technique which will enable a player to win an additional trick or tricks should there be a favorable position of one or more cards in the hands of the opponents. The player attempts to win either the current trick or a later trick with a card of the suit he leads notwithstanding that the opponents hold a higher card in the suit; the attempt is based on the assumption that the higher card is held by a particular opponent.

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