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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.
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Adv.1.courteously - in a polite manner; "the policeman answered politely, `Now look here, lady...'"
discourteously, impolitely, rudely - in an impolite manner; "he treated her impolitely"
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[ˈkɜːtɪəslɪ] ADVcortésmente
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[ˈkɜːrtiəsli] adv [listen, reply] → avec courtoisie
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[ˈkɜːtɪəslɪ] advcortesemente
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(ˈkəːtiəs) adjective
polite; considerate and respectful. It was courteous of him to write a letter of thanks.
ˈcourteously adverb
ˈcourteousness noun
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References in classic literature ?
Presently the guest came, and knocked politely and courteously at the house-door.
As the stranger evidently desired speech with him he courteously reined in his horse and waited.
He advised him and his warriors, therefore, to lay aside their weapons and war shirts, wash off the paint from their faces and bodies, and appear like clean and civil savages, to receive the strangers courteously.
On the strength of this, the general, soon after Eleanor's marriage, permitted his son to return to Northanger, and thence made him the bearer of his consent, very courteously worded in a page full of empty professions to Mr.
The vicomte bowed and smiled courteously in token of his willingness to comply.
Gilbert shook hands courteously. He was looking very well, though, as Anne instantly noted, rather thin.
He had spoken courteously, deferentially, yet so firmly, so stubbornly, that for a long while she could make no answer.
He was a fine, majestic creature, a gentleman according to the nicest requirements of the Virginia rule, a devoted Presbyterian, an authority on the "code", and a man always courteously ready to stand up before you in the field if any act or word of his had seemed doubtful or suspicious to you, and explain it with any weapon you might prefer from bradawls to artillery.
Here they rested, and Robin gave the Bishop a seat full courteously. Much the miller's son fell to roasting the deer afresh, while another and fatter beast was set to frizzle on the other side of the fire.
His brethren of the north had now courteously invited him to be present on an occasion, when the concurrence of every eminent member of their community was peculiarly desirable.
Also if David wearies of you he scruples not to say so, but Porthos, in like circumstances, offers you his paw, meaning 'Farewell,' and to bearded men he does this all the time (I think because of a hereditary distaste for goats), so that they conceive him to be enamoured of them when he is only begging them courteously to go.
"Good morning, Pinocchio," said the Fox, greeting him courteously.