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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. Director Steve McCraw:

    A DPS state trooper has an obligation to exhibit professionalism and be courteous throughout the entire contact, and that wasn't the case in this situation.

  2. Stephen Bucknall:

    We were quite shocked to find out he had joined ISIS, and we immediately cut ties with him, he was a very likeable guy, very courteous, always came around with a smile. He had a great modeling career ahead of him. He always showed up at the agency ready to work on the runway, print and TV.

  3. 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.

  4. Malcolm X:

    Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.

  5. George Eliot:

    Be courteous, be obliging, but don't give yourself over to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow trade.

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