: having good manners : polite
a well-mannered child

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Recent Examples on the Web Some might say that is the definition of England at the height of its empire: well-mannered, gracious and comfortable for those at the apex; brutal for everyone below. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 Though perhaps not as famous as Humphrey Bogart or Cary Grant, Dennis Morgan was a quintessential 1940s leading man described as well-mannered and a handsome tenor. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 21 Feb. 2024 This well-mannered cat has a sweet disposition and regularly shows her joy by purring like a little machine. The Arizona Republic, 9 Feb. 2024 Be Prepared For Pushback In a perfect world, a business would be able to declare its stance on a topic, and a chorus of approval—or at most, a well-mannered murmur of disagreement—would follow. Leeza Hoyt, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 If someone didn't know how to proceed with the finger bowl at the dinner table, then it could be assumed that he wasn't brought up by the same well-mannered types as his dinner companions. Zoe Gowen, Southern Living, 5 Dec. 2023 In an interview, Mr. Dolan provided this metric: If an otherwise well-mannered spectator at a Knicks game held a sign overhead urging Mr. Dolan to divest of the Knicks, Mr. Dolan would support their ejection by ushers or security guards. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2023 Allen said Ross was a hardworking, talented and well-mannered young man who was familiar to people in the community. Carma Hassan, CNN, 25 Aug. 2023 Those 500 well-mannered horses are worth every penny, as is the EV that comes with them. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 26 May 2023

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“Well-mannered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-mannered. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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