courteous


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cour·te·ous

 (kûr′tē-əs)
adj.
Characterized by gracious consideration toward others. See Synonyms at polite.

[Middle English corteis, courtly, from Old French, from cort, court; see court.]

cour′te·ous·ly adv.
cour′te·ous·ness n.

courteous

(ˈkɜːtɪəs)
adj
polite and considerate in manner
[C13 corteis, literally: with courtly manners, from Old French; see court]
ˈcourteously adv
ˈcourteousness n

cour•te•ous

(ˈkɜr ti əs)

adj.
having or showing good manners; polite.
[1225–75; Middle English co(u)rteis < Anglo-French (see court, -ese); suffix later conformed to -eous]
cour′te•ous•ly, adv.
cour′te•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.courteous - exhibiting courtesy and politeness; "a nice gesture"
polite - showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
2.courteous - characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners; "if a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world"-Francis Bacon
respectful - full of or exhibiting respect; "respectful behavior"; "a respectful glance"
discourteous - showing no courtesy; rude; "a distant and at times discourteous young"

courteous

courteous

adjective
1. Full of polite concern for the well-being of others:
2. Characterized by good manners:
Translations
لَطيف، أنيس، مُجامِل
zdvořilý
høfligvelopdragen
kurteis, háttprúîur
pagarbiai
laipnspieklājīgs
spoštljivvljuden

courteous

[ˈkɜːtɪəs] ADJcortés, atento

courteous

[ˈkɜːrtiəs] adj
[person] → courtois(e), poli(e)
[service, letter] → courtois(e)

courteous

adj, courteously
advhöflich

courteous

[ˈkɜːtɪəs] adjcortese

courteous

(ˈkəːtiəs) adjective
polite; considerate and respectful. It was courteous of him to write a letter of thanks.
ˈcourteously adverb
ˈcourteousness noun
References in classic literature ?
Gentlemen, which means boys, be courteous to the old maids, no matter how poor and plain and prim, for the only chivalry worth having is that which is the readiest to pay deference to the old, protect the feeble, and serve womankind, regardless of rank, age, or color.
And doubtless you will find it," was the somewhat too courteous answer of the guide.
Pontellier had been a rather courteous husband so long as he met a certain tacit submissiveness in his wife.
He made, as he advanced, many courteous signs of greeting to the men he passed, neglecting to notice the women, however, like one who deemed their favor, in the present enterprise, of no importance.
He bowed, with a happy mixture of dignity and courteous kindliness, and pursued his way.
Then touching the shoulder of a townsman who stood near to him, he addressed him in a formal and courteous manner:
Now as this law, under a modified form, is to this day in force in England; and as it offers in various respects a strange anomaly touching the general law of Fast and Loose-Fish, it is here treated of in a separate chapter, on the same courteous principle that prompts the English railways to be at the expense of a separate car, specially reserved for the accommodation of royalty.
The cordial thanks of the Hosannah office are due, from editor down to devil, to the ever courteous and thought- ful Lord High Stew d of the Palace's Third Assistant V t for several sau- cets of ice cream a quality calculated to make the eye of the recipients hu- mid with gratitude; and it done it.
When the dueling was finished and we were ready to go, the gentlemen of the Prussian Corps to whom we had been introduced took off their caps in the courteous German way, and also shook hands; their brethren of the same order took off their caps and bowed, but without shaking hands; the gentlemen of the other corps treated us just as they would have treated white caps--they fell apart, apparently unconsciously, and left us an unobstructed pathway, but did not seem to see us or know we were there.
Higgins"-- handshake, followed by a devouring stare and "I'm glad to see ye," on the part of Higgins, and a courteous inclination of the head and a pleasant "Most happy
If you have ever observed how courteous and gracious and mannerly you feel when you don a beautiful new frock; if you have ever noticed the feeling of reverence stealing over you when you close your eyes, clasp your hands, and bow your head; if you have ever watched your sense of repulsion toward a fellow creature melt a little under the exercise of daily politeness, you may understand how the adoption of the outward and visible sign has some strange influence in developing the inward and spiritual state of which it is the expression.
Eshton; and the two sometimes bestowed a courteous word or smile on me.