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courteous

adjective

Synonym Discussion of courteous

civil, polite, courteous, gallant, chivalrous mean observant of the forms required by good breeding. civil often suggests little more than the avoidance of overt rudeness.
    • owed the questioner a civil reply
polite commonly implies polish of speech and manners and sometimes suggests an absence of cordiality.
    • if you can't be pleasant, at least be polite
courteous implies more actively considerate or dignified politeness.
    • clerks who were unfailingly courteous to customers
gallant and chivalrous imply courteous attentiveness especially to women. gallant suggests spirited and dashing behavior and ornate expressions of courtesy.
    • a gallant suitor of the old school
chivalrous suggests high-minded and self-sacrificing behavior.
    • a chivalrous display of duty


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