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
Both men have previously refused more polite requests.
At first, Campisi writes with the voice of a Noo Yawker trying to be polite to visitors from another planet.
Washington (CNN)The Senate, generally speaking, is one of the most polite places on Earth.
That only gives you the option to, in essence, take to the streets, which does put you against your neighbor in a confrontational manner because there is no more polite way to do it.
In terms of local drivers’ tendencies, a few respondents complained about people being overly polite behind the wheel, specifically at four-way stops.
Two weeks later, just before the council vote, Petrovich switched his tone, sending a formal and polite letter to Schenirer, cc’d to the rest of the council, requesting a last-minute meeting.
Chicago is one of the finest restaurant cities on the planet, a city of fantastic neighborhoods and great people and a vibrant cultural and sporting life, including polite wagers on federal indictments.
A car dealership’s too-good-to-be-true offer has turned into a hard lesson on the merits of fair advertising, not to mention just being polite.
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Origin and Etymology of polite
Middle English (Scots) polit, Latin politus, from past participle of polire
First Known Use: circa 1500
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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