common courtesy


: politeness that people can usually be expected to show
He didn't even have the common courtesy to say goodbye when he left.

Examples of common courtesy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is considered common courtesy to immediately tell someone if their call is on speaker. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 2023 But using common courtesy goes a long way toward preempting any possible issues. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2023 The most beguiling detail in this modest work is the idea that responding to U.F.O.s, and to the aliens who pilot them, is a matter of common courtesy. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 31 Mar. 2023 The real issue, said e-bike supporters, is the absence of common courtesy. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News (san Jose, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Mar. 2023 But how about common courtesy to return what does not belong to him so that nothing is connected between us? Annie Lane, oregonlive, 25 Feb. 2023

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“Common courtesy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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