haptic vs tactual what difference

what is difference between haptic and tactual



From Ancient Greek ἁπτικός (haptikós, able to come in contact with), from ἅπτω (háptō, to touch) + -ικός (-ikós, suffix forming an adjective from a noun).


  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈhæptɪk/
  • Rhymes: -æptɪk
  • Hyphenation: hapt‧ic


haptic (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to the sense of touch.
    Synonym: tactile
  2. (computing) Of or relating to haptics (the study of user interfaces that use the sense of touch).

Derived terms


Further reading

  • haptics (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • haptic technology on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • -pathic, pathic, phatic


Alternative forms

  • tactuall (obsolete, rare)


tactual (comparative more tactual, superlative most tactual)

  1. Of, or relating to the sense of touch.
    • 1642, Henry More, Psychodia Platonica, Cambridge, Book 3, p. 61,[1]
      [] how doth Psyche heare or see
      That hath nor eyes nor eares? She sees more clear
      Then we that see but secundarily.
      We see at distance by a circular
      Diffusion of that spright of this great sphere
      Of th’Universe: Her sight is tactuall.
      The sunne and all the starres that do appear
      She feels them in herself []
    • 1906, Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic’s Word Book, New York: Doubleday, Page, p. 211,[2]
      [] the later sovereigns of England have not been tactual healers, and the disease once honored with the name “king’s evil” now bears the humbler one of “scrofula” []
    • 1908, Helen Keller, The World I Live In, New York: The Century Co., Chapter 1, p. 8,[3]
      My world is built of touch-sensations, devoid of physical color and sound [] . Every object is associated in my mind with tactual qualities which, combined in countless ways, give me a sense of power, of beauty, or of incongruity: for with my hands I can feel the comic as well as the beautiful in the outward appearance of things.
    • 1932, Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, London: Chatto & Windus, Chapter 3,[4]
      ‘Going to the Feelies this evening, Henry?’ enquired the Assistant Predestinator. ‘I hear the new one at the Alhambra is first-rate. There’s a love scene on a bearskin rug; they say it’s marvellous. Every hair of the bear reproduced. The most amazing tactual effects.’


  • tactile

Derived terms

  • tactuality
  • tactually

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