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courteous

[kur-tee-uh s] /ˈkɜr ti əs/
adjective
1.
having or showing good manners; polite.
Origin of courteous
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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  • Crew members treat guests courteously and professionally but may not interact in a casual or unduly informal way with the guests.
  • But it sure is now that you courteously reminded them to update one of their hundreds of old records.
  • If a member ignorantly makes an improper motion, do not rule it out of order, but courteously suggest the proper one.
  • Treating political opponents courteously and radiating calm non-ideological pragmatism are the way he gets the country behind him.
  • The reporters smiled, but courteously withheld comment.
  • Tell the driver where you're going and ask him courteously if he'll let you know when you need to get off.
  • We respect every request for financial services and respond promptly and courteously.
  • Must have ability to work cooperatively as a team member and respond courteously to citizens.
  • They are expected to carry out these responsibilities diligently and courteously and to take pride in the service they provide.
  • All citizens must know that their comments, criticisms, questions and complaints will be courteously received and investigated.
British Dictionary definitions for courteously

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 courteously

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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