Simple Definition of courteous
: very polite in a way that shows respect
Examples of courteous in a sentence
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 and Etymology of courteous
Middle English corteis, from Anglo-French curteis, from curt
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of courteous
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