Definition of courteous
1 : marked by polished manners, gallantry, or ceremonial usage of a court
2 : marked by respect for and consideration of others
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
Recent Examples of courteous from the Web
The moderate mentor and his conservative protégé are at different points on the ideological spectrum but united in similar personalities: easy-going, courteous, reflective.
The national nonprofit released a survey as part of its summer 2017 courteous driving awareness campaign and found that Wisconsin drivers are some of the rudest in the nation, ranking the state No.
Both described courteous treatment from the Russians throughout the trip.
An officer who stopped a Bloomberg reporter for wearing a colorful abaya, the robe that women must wear in public, was courteous.
Be courteous of your neighbors as these can be loud and irritating machines.
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Something good to say about gays: As a person who is not gay, the gays I am acquainted with are the most pleasant and courteous people of the human species.
That said, the usually courteous diplomatic relationship between the two nations may be a bit frayed.
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Origin and Etymology of courteous
Middle English corteis, from Anglo-French curteis, from curt
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of courteous
COURTEOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of courteous for English Language Learners
: very polite in a way that shows respect
COURTEOUS Defined for Kids
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