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courteous

[kur-tee-uh s] /ˈkɜr ti əs/
adjective
1.
having or showing good manners; polite.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; court + -eous; replacing Middle English co(u)rteis < Anglo-French; see court, -ese
Related forms
courteously, adverb
courteousness, noun
overcourteous, adjective
overcourteously, adverb
overcourteousness, noun
pseudocourteous, adjective
pseudocourteously, adverb
quasi-courteous, adjective
quasi-courteously, adverb
Synonyms
mannerly, gracious, courtly. See civil.
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Examples from the web for courteous
  • Have a good day and please try to be more courteous in your exchanges.
  • He answered my questions in a courteous fashion, but his tone was matter-of-fact and he did not elaborate on any of his answers.
  • Please, search committee folks, strive for a more courteous selection process this job season.
  • It said thanks for the opportunity to talk and for one particular wrinkle to the interview that was courteous, in my opinion.
  • It's time to exhibit courteous, professional behavior to your current instructors.
  • His voice is soft, and his manner is unfailingly courteous, as he sits with one leg tucked under the other.
  • For all the self-conscious spectacle, the staff is highly skilled and courteous, if precocious.
  • And the courteous thing for him to do would be to take it down.
  • Suppose that one advocate is obnoxious and angry while the other advocate is courteous and calm.
  • From my perspective it seems to be bending backwards to be respectful and courteous and to avoid even the hint of offence.
British Dictionary definitions for courteous

courteous

/ˈkɜːtɪəs/
adjective
1.
polite and considerate in manner
Derived Forms
courteously, adverb
courteousness, noun
Word Origin
C13 corteis, literally: with courtly manners, from Old French; see court
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Word Origin and History for courteous
adj.

mid-14c., earlier curteis (c.1300), from Old French curteis (Modern French courtois) "having courtly bearing or manners," from curt "court" (see court (n.)) + -eis, from Latin -ensis.

Rare before c.1500. In feudal society, also denoting a man of good education (hence the name Curtis). Medieval courts were associated with good behavior and also beauty; e.g. German hübsch "beautiful," from Middle High German hübesch "beautiful," originally "courteous, well-bred," from Old Franconian hofesch, from hof "court." Related: Courteously (mid-14c., kurteis-liche).

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