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adj. po·lit·er, po·lit·est
1. Marked by or showing consideration for others and observance of accepted social usage.
2. Refined; elegant: polite society.

[Middle English polit, polished, from Latin polītus, past participle of polīre, to polish; see polish.]

po·lite′ly adv.
po·lite′ness n.
Synonyms: polite, mannerly, civil, courteous, genteel
These adjectives mean mindful of, conforming to, or marked by good manners. Polite and mannerly imply consideration for others and the adherence to conventional social standards of good behavior: "She was so polite and unwilling to offend that she wouldn't always make her feelings and intentions clear" (Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson)."Just the one young man came out, very mannerly, and helped first her then me down from the car" (Alice Munro).
Civil often suggests the barest observance of accepted social usages, as in the avoidance of rudeness: "Mr. Bingley was unaffectedly civil in his answer, and forced his younger sister to be civil also, and say what the occasion required" (Jane Austen).
Courteous implies courtliness and dignity: "Even around his parents ... he's unfailingly courteous and even-tempered, letting slide their mild attempts to run his life" (Paul Solotaroff).
Genteel, which originally meant well-bred, now usually suggests excessive and affected refinement associated with the upper classes: "In a world without credit bureaus, background checks, or official identification, properly genteel attire, speech, and behavior determined where a person could go, whom he could see, and how he was judged in every area" (Jeffrey L. Pasley).


1. 'gently'

If you do something gently, you do it carefully and without using force, in order to avoid hurting someone or damaging something.

I shook her gently and she opened her eyes.
2. 'politely'

Don't use 'gently' to say that someone shows good manners. Use politely.

He thanked me politely.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.politely - 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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[pəˈlaɪtlɪ] ADV
1. (= courteously) [ask, listen, refuse] → cortésmente; [smile] → cortésmente, amablemente
I sent them a politely worded letterles mandé una carta muy correcta
2. (= out of politeness) → por cortesía
I politely overlooked his bad mannerspor cortesía, pasé por alto su falta de educación


[pəˈlaɪtli] advpoliment




[pəˈlaɪtlɪ] adveducatamente, cortesemente


(pəˈlait) adjective
having or showing good manners; courteous. a polite child; a polite apology.
poˈlitely adverb
poˈliteness noun


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Lecount politely declined giving me the trouble -- I politely insisted on taking it.
"Am I not?" he answered politely, and I knew his hand was groping in the darkness, so I put out mine and he held on tightly to one finger.
They turned around and found a man standing on the floor in the center of the cave, who bowed very politely when he saw he had attracted their attention.
"If a fly happens to light upon his tin body he doesn't rudely brush it off, as some people might do; he asks it politely to find some other resting place."
The police listened with perfect resignation and decorum, and politely shifted their ground.
The little dog smelled of the Tiger's nose, and the Tiger politely shook paws with him; so they were quite likely to become firm friends.
"I am sorry," Wingrave said politely. "It is very unwise to meddle in things you know so little about."
So she wound up Number Three, and at once the copper man in a somewhat stiff and jerky fashion walked out of the rocky cavern, took off his copper hat and bowed politely, and then kneeled before Dorothy.
In answer to his politely sinister, prolonged glance of inquiry, I overheard Dona Rita murmuring, with some confusion and annoyance, "VOUS ETES BETE MON CHER.
Presently the guest came, and knocked politely and courteously at the house-door.
Fogg," said Ralph politely. "We will trust your word, as a gentleman of honour."
I perceived that I was hungry, and prepared to clamber out of the hammock, which, very politely anticipating my intention, twisted round and deposited me upon all-fours on the floor.