Definition of polite
1a : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of advanced cultureb : marked by refined cultural interests and pursuits especially in arts and belles lettres
2a : showing or characterized by correct social usageb : marked by an appearance of consideration, tact, deference, or courtesyc : marked by a lack of roughness or crudities polite literature
Examples of polite in a Sentence
It was polite of him to hold the door for them.
Please be polite to the guests.
It isn't polite to interrupt people when they're talking.
She received some polite applause despite the mistakes in her performance.
Recent Examples of polite from the Web
Michael Bond was the genial British author who created Paddington Bear, the polite, good-natured but disaster-prone little hero of some 20 books, a television series and a feature film.
Whatever intelligence the Trump administration had to show was enough to engender polite and cooperative responses from Britain and France.
According to the The New York Times, after Trump threatened to pull out of NAFTA, our exceedingly polite neighbors implementing the novel foreign affairs strategy of ignoring him altogether.
Some stroll through your body like polite tourists.
The high school junior was unfailingly polite and risk-averse — like Gillespie himself, who has skipped some debates, favored controlled settings over public events and avoided weighing in on the Trump administration.
Hensarling — a polite and low-decibel conservative with a deadpan sense of humor and an occasionally sharp tongue — has become a tea party favorite by relentlessly striving to cut federal spending and shrink the federal government.
Constand was direct and polite under cross-examination, even when Cosby lawyer Angela Agrusa's questioning grew pointed and accusatory.
Well, the polite way of saying that is it’s just not true.
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Origin and Etymology of polite
Middle English (Scots) polit, Latin politus, from past participle of polire
First Known Use: circa 1500See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of polite
POLITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of polite for English Language Learners
: having or showing good manners or respect for other people
: socially correct or proper
POLITE Defined for Kids
Definition of polite for Students
: showing courtesy or good manners
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