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[kur-tuh-see or for 5, kurt-see]
noun, plural courtesies.
excellence of manners or social conduct; polite behavior.
a courteous, respectful, or considerate act or expression.
indulgence, consent, or acquiescence: a “colonel” by courtesy rather than by right.
favor, help, or generosity: The costumes for the play were by courtesy of the local department store.
a curtsy.
done or performed as a matter of courtesy or protocol: a courtesy call on the mayor.
offered or provided free by courtesy of the management: While waiting to board the airplane, we were provided with courtesy coffee.

1175–1225; Middle English curteisie < Anglo-French, Old French; see courteous, -y3

overcourtesy, noun
uncourtesy, noun, plural uncourtesies.

1. courteousness, civility, urbanity.
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courtesy (ˈkɜːtɪsɪ)
n , pl -sies
1.  politeness; good manners
2.  a courteous gesture or remark
3.  favour or consent (esp in the phrase by courtesy of)
4.  See also courtesy title common consent as opposed to right (esp in the phrase by courtesy)
5.  an archaic spelling of curtsy
[C13 curteisie, from Old French, from corteiscourteous]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. curtesie, from curteis "courteous," from curt "court" (see court). A specialized sense of curtesie is the source of English curtsy.
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