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ˈkɜr ti əscour·te·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. courteous, gracious, niceadjective

    exhibiting courtesy and politeness

    "a nice gesture"

  2. courteousadjective

    characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners

    "if a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world"-Francis Bacon


  1. courteousadjective

    Showing regard or thought for others; especially, displaying good manners or etiquette.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Courteousadjective

    Elegant of manners; polite; well-bred; full of acts of respect.

    Etymology: courtois, French.

    He hath deserved worthily of his country;
    And this ascent is not by such easy degrees,
    As those who have been supple and courteous to the people. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    They are one while courteous, civil, and obliging; but, within a small time after, are supercilious, sharp, troublesome, fierce, and exceptious. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. courteous

    Etiquette () is the set of norms of personal behaviour in polite society, usually occurring in the form of an ethical code of the expected and accepted social behaviours that accord with the conventions and norms observed and practised by a society, a social class, or a social group. In modern English usage, the French word étiquette (label and tag) dates from the year 1750.


  1. courteous

    Courteous refers to showing politeness and good manners towards others. This includes being respectful, considerate, and displaying a pleasant demeanor, often involving actions that adhere to accepted social etiquette or norms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Courteousadjective

    of courtlike manners; pertaining to, or expressive of, courtesy; characterized by courtesy; civil; obliging; well bred; polite; affable; complaisant

  2. Etymology: [OE. cortais, corteis, cortois, rarely corteous, OF. corties, corteis, F. courtois. See Court.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of courteous in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of courteous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of courteous in a Sentence

  1. George Washington:

    Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

  2. Michael Cohen:

    I don't agree with those who demonize or vilify the FBI. I respect the FBI as an institution, as well as their agents, when they searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family. Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional. I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands.

  3. Steven Bertolino:

    We can't thank the people, the men and women who are out there searching for Brian, we can't thank them enough, we think that they've done the right thing here every step of the way. They've been nothing but courteous and professional to myself and to the Laundrie family.

  4. Unknown:

    Teach children to be polite and courteous in the home, and, when he grows up, he will never be able to edge his car onto a freeway.

  5. Clyde Parry:

    Jason Cid did this in the hopes of showing how overly aggressive police officers are when they respond to these calls. As you can see from the video, my officers responded and were polite and professional as they investigated the fictitious situation that was created by Jason Cid and his accomplices. Jason Cid hoped to show you out of control cops harassing three young men. But what they got were courteous, polite and professional law enforcement officers who investigated the suspicious activity that they themselves created.

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