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 Some viewers expressed the opposite view: having kids in the car doesn't excuse parents from the common courtesy of returning shopping carts to the right place. Kayla Jimenez, USA TODAY, 8 June 2024 There are hard-and-fast rules—and then there's common courtesy. Bobby Laurie, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 July 2023 The riders make their own rules and do not abide by traffic laws or even common courtesy to other vehicles. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 6 May 2024 Besides this simple common courtesy, Sweeney says that guests should only do one thing: Feel at home in their house, no rules applied. Halee Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Apr. 2024 Airplane mode is more of a common courtesy our government imposes on us than a safety precaution. Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo, Quartz, 26 Feb. 2024 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

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“Common courtesy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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