Simple Definition of courteous
: very polite in a way that shows respect
Examples of courteous
There was no doubt that his stubbornly held and trenchantly expressed views—his trenchancy always tempered, however, by his gently courteous manner—contributed significantly to his unpopularity … —Simon Winchester, The Man Who Loved China, 2008
… she has seen generations of boys come and go, some well groomed and courteous, others rough and uppity … —Julian Barnes, New Yorker, 5 Mar. 1990
He joined us in the Yellow Room with … his son, a thoughtful, courteous, nice doctor … —Lady Bird Johnson, 27 May 1964, in A White House Diary, 1970
The clerks were helpful and courteous.
<their customer service department always gives courteous responses, even to rude people>
Origin of courteous
Middle English corteis, from Anglo-French curteis, from curt
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of courteous
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