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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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Well-mannered behavior toward others:
لَطافه، تودُّد، كياسَه


(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 ?
His friends mourned not only the loss of a great writer but "the cheerful companionship, the large heart, and open hand, the simple courteousness, and the endearing frankness of a brave, true, honest gentleman.
I testify that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is His Prophet and Messenger, sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam, who said: "Indecency and obscene words distort any act, while courteousness embellishes any good act".
is implicitly referenced perhaps to contrast with femininity of May, who of course is referred to as "Mrs" emphasising his courteousness, reinforcing his reputation for good manners and the natural order of things.
In recent times, Sri Lanka has become the world's popular tourist destination not only due to its natural beauty but also the courteousness of its people.
In particular, nearly all respondents expressed satisfaction with frontline service delivery as measured by the indicators of fairness and ethical treatment, courteousness, competence, knowledge, and timeliness in attention and response time.
When asked whether the information requested was provided in a courteous manner, more than 68% of respondents were extremely satisfied and more than 16% were very satisfied with the courteousness of how the information was provided to them.
First, I smile to communicate my own approachability, courteousness, credibility and competency.
We were quickly struck by the courteousness of the staff and the realisation we were all part of one team dedicated to public service - from doormen to parliamentarians.
No time for courteousness, to sever Qatar ties was a must: FM.
Here the soap is meant to stand for the clean business practices of the empire, and its high moral ground--reflected in the qualities of courage, courteousness, gallantry and trustworthiness of the British Tommy--is equated with the quality of Sunlight Soap.
Moreover, vigilance, discipline, punctuality, courteousness and a problem solving attitude coupled with the ability to manage corporate crisis are key factors for every successful leader.
Out of courteousness to the Cypriot people, these organisations should have changed their names because even today, at least to members of my generation, they spark nightmarish thoughts.