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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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Thankee, ' said the knight politely, as he took a pinch and sneezed seven times so violently that his head fell off.
I'll see them," he muttered, hurrying along the street, and bowing politely to the right and left at the people walking past.
Grandfather ignored her singular occupation and greeted her politely.
This being told to Queequeg, he at once complied, and again politely motioned me to get into bed --rolling over to one side as much as to say --I wont touch a leg of ye.
To this gentleman, Stubb was now politely introduced by the Guernsey-man, who at once ostentatiously put on the aspect of interpreting between them.
There was a young lawyer who they left to settle the business; and he came every day, and was about the house, and spoke very politely to me.
The beautiful ladies are always gayly dancing around with pink sunshades and bead purses, and the grand gentlemen are politely dancing and drinking ginger pop.
The two mothers, though each really convinced that her own son was the tallest, politely decided in favour of the other.
He took off his hat to Miss Garth politely, as she turned round.
Lorry, getting down into the road--assisted from behind more swiftly than politely by the other two passengers, who immediately scrambled into the coach, shut the door, and pulled up the window.
Which some individual," Joe politely hinted, "mentioned - she.
Ladbrook was standing in skull-cap and front, with her turban in her hand, curtsying and smiling blandly and saying, "After you, ma'am," to another lady in similar circumstances, who had politely offered the precedence at the looking-glass.