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cour·te·sy

 (kûr′tĭ-sē)
n. pl. cour·te·sies
1.
a. Polite behavior.
b. A polite gesture or remark.
2.
a. Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence: They call this pond a lake by courtesy only.
b. Willingness or generosity in providing something needed: free advertising through the courtesy of the local newspaper.
adj.
1. Given or done as a polite gesture: paid a courtesy visit to the new neighbors.
2. Free of charge: courtesy tickets for the reporters.

[Middle English courtesie, from Old French, from corteis, courtly; see courteous.]

courtesy

(ˈkɜːtɪsɪ)
n, pl -sies
1. politeness; good manners
2. a courteous gesture or remark
3. favour or consent (esp in the phrase by courtesy of)
4. common consent as opposed to right (esp in the phrase by courtesy). See also courtesy title
5. an archaic spelling of curtsy
[C13 curteisie, from Old French, from corteis courteous]

cour•te•sy

(ˈkɜr tə si or, for 5, ˈkɜrt si)

n., pl. -sies.
1. excellence of manners or social conduct; polite behavior.
2. a courteous, respectful, or considerate act or expression.
3. indulgence, consent, or acquiescence: a “colonel” by courtesy rather than by right.
4. favor, help, or generosity: The actors appeared by courtesy of their union.
5. a curtsy.
[1175–1225; Middle English curteisie < Anglo-French, Old French; see courteous, -y3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.courtesy - a courteous or respectful or considerate actcourtesy - a courteous or respectful or considerate act
civility, politeness - the act of showing regard for others
attention - a courteous act indicating affection; "she tried to win his heart with her many attentions"
gallantry - polite attentiveness to women
2.courtesy - a courteous or respectful or considerate remark
comment, remark, input - a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; "from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account"
3.courtesy - a courteous manner
personal manner, manner - a way of acting or behaving
niceness, politeness - a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage
urbanity - polished courtesy; elegance of manner
graciousness - excellence of manners or social conduct
chivalry, politesse, gallantry - courtesy towards women
respectfulness, deference, respect - courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy"
civility - formal or perfunctory politeness
rudeness, discourtesy - a manner that is rude and insulting

courtesy

noun
1. politeness, grace, good manners, civility, gallantry, good breeding, graciousness, affability, urbanity, courtliness He is a gentleman who behaves with the utmost courtesy towards ladies.
2. favour, consideration, generosity, kindness, indulgence, benevolence If you're not coming, at least do me the courtesy of letting me know.

courtesy

noun
1. Well-mannered behavior toward others:
2. A courteous act or courteous acts that contribute to smoothness and ease in dealings and social relationships
amenity (used in plural), civility, pleasantry, politeness, propriety (used in plural).
3. An act requiring special generosity:
Translations
beleefdheid
لُطْف، كِياسَه، مُجامَلـه
vybranné chovánízdvořilost
høflighedvelopdragenhed
सुशीलता
udvariasság
kurteisi
aiso
etiketasmaloniai leidus
laipnībapieklājība
vyberané správanie

courtesy

[ˈkɜːtɪsɪ]
A. N (= politeness) → cortesía f; (= polite act) → atención f, gentileza f
by courtesy of(por) cortesía de
to exchange courtesiesintercambiar cumplidos de etiqueta
will you do me the courtesy of ...?si fuera tan amable de ..., haga el favor de ...
you might have had the courtesy to tell mepodrías haber tenido la gentileza de decírmelo
I'll do it out of courtesylo haré por cortesía
B. CPD courtesy bus Nautobús m de cortesía
courtesy call Nvisita f de cumplido
courtesy car Ncoche m de cortesía
courtesy card N (US) → tarjeta f (de visita)
courtesy coach N (Brit) → autocar m or autobús m de cortesía
courtesy light N (Aut) → luz f interna
courtesy title Ntítulo m de cortesía
courtesy visit N = courtesy call

courtesy

[ˈkɜːrtɪsi] n
(= politeness) → courtoisie f, politesse f
by courtesy of (= by permission of) → avec l'aimable autorisation de
courtesy of (= thanks to) → grâce àcourtesy bus nnavette f gratuitecourtesy call nvisite f de politessecourtesy car n (provided by insurance company, garage)véhicule m de remplacementcourtesy coach nnavette f gratuitecourtesy light n (in car)plafonnier mcourt hearing naudience f

courtesy

nHöflichkeit f; (by) courtesy offreundlicherweise zur Verfügung gestellt von; the air was fresh (by) courtesy of a large hole in the roofdie Luft war ziemlich frisch, was einem großen Loch im Dach zu verdanken war; would you do me the courtesy of shutting up!würden Sie mir den Gefallen tun und den Mund halten!

courtesy

:
courtesy bus
ngebührenfreier Bus, Hotelbus m
courtesy light
n (Aut) → Innenleuchte f
courtesy title
nHöflichkeitstitel m
courtesy visit

courtesy

[ˈkɜːtɪsɪ] n (politeness) → cortesia, gentilezza; (polite act) → cortesia, piacere m
by courtesy of → per gentile concessione di
you might have had the courtesy to tell me → avresti potuto farmi la cortesia di dirmelo
to exchange courtesies → scambiarsi convenevoli

courtesy

(ˈkəːtəsi) noun
politeness; considerate and respectful behaviour. Everyone appreciates courtesy.
(by) courtesy of
with someone's permission; by the generosity of. Refreshments are courtesey of the management; This film is shown by courtesy of the National Film Archive.
References in classic literature ?
Open talk shall call to thee Strength, whose mate is Courtesy.
On the trail that thou must tread To the thresholds of our dread, Where the Flower blossoms red; Through the nights when thou shalt lie Prisoned from our Mother-sky, Hearing us, thy loves, go by; In the dawns when thou shalt wake To the toil thou canst not break, Heartsick for the Jungle's sake: Wood and Water, Wind and Tree, Wisdom, Strength, and Courtesy, Jungle-Favour go with thee!
The point of distinction in all this class of names, as courtesy, chivalry, fashion, and the like, is that the flower and fruit, not the grain of the tree, are contemplated.
My gentleman gives the law where he is; he will outpray saints in chapel, outgeneral veterans in the field, and outshine all courtesy in the hall.
All stood up to receive her; and, replying to their courtesy by a mute gesture of salutation, she moved gracefully forward to assume her place at the board.
It is always assumed, by courtesy, that the Chief Circle for the time being has ten thousand sides.
Five minutes later he returned and bowing with particular courtesy ushered Prince Andrew before him along a corridor to the cabinet where the Minister of War was at work.
Then I thank you for the gracious favor," said the Queen, with a graceful courtesy.
At length the decrepit stranger, turning his vacant looks from face to face, made a feeble attempt to rise, while a faint smile crossed his wasted face, like an habitual effort at courtesy, as he said, in a hollow, tremulous voice:
He had sat down just opposite to Nastasia, whose fingers he now took, and raised to his lips with great elegance, and much courtesy.
From this spot I will not rise, valiant and doughty knight, until your goodness and courtesy grant me a boon, which will redound to the honour and renown of your person and render a service to the most disconsolate and afflicted damsel the sun has seen; and if the might of your strong arm corresponds to the repute of your immortal fame, you are bound to aid the helpless being who, led by the savour of your renowned name, hath come from far distant lands to seek your aid in her misfortunes.
This would do; others made him feel unwelcome sometimes, but Wilson never failed in courtesy toward him, and a kindly courtesy does at least save one's feelings, even if it is not professing to stand for a welcome.