adjective cour·te·ous \ˈkər-tē-əs, British also ˈkr-\

: very polite in a way that shows respect

Full Definition of COURTEOUS

:  marked by polished manners, gallantry, or ceremonial usage of a court
:  marked by respect for and consideration of others
cour·te·ous·ly adverb
cour·te·ous·ness noun

Examples of COURTEOUS

  1. The clerks were helpful and courteous.
  2. <their customer service department always gives courteous responses, even to rude people>
  3. 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


Middle English corteis, from Anglo-French curteis, from curt
First Known Use: 13th century


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