common courtesy

noun

Definition of 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.

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“Common courtesy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20courtesy. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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