What does courtesy mean?

Definitions for courtesy
ˈkɜr tə si or, for 5 , ˈkɜrt sicour·tesy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. courtesynoun

    a courteous or respectful or considerate act

  2. courtesynoun

    a courteous or respectful or considerate remark

  3. courtesy, good mannersnoun

    a courteous manner


  1. courtesynoun

    Polite behavior.

    Please extend them the courtesy of your presence.

  2. courtesynoun

    A polite gesture or remark.

    I offered them a ride simply as a courtesy.

  3. courtesynoun

    Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.

    They call this pond a lake by courtesy only.

  4. courtesynoun

    Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.

    They received free advertising through the courtesy of the local newspaper.

  5. courtesyadjective

    Given or done as a polite gesture.

    We paid a courtesy visit to the new neighbors.

  6. courtesyadjective

    Free of charge.

    The event planners offered courtesy tickets for the reporters.

  7. Etymology: From curtesie, from curtesie, from curteis, from cortois, from cortensis. \

Webster Dictionary

  1. Courtesynoun

    politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness

  2. Courtesynoun

    an act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor performed with politeness

  3. Courtesynoun

    favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy

  4. Courtesynoun

    an act of civility, respect, or reverence, made by women, consisting of a slight depression or dropping of the body, with bending of the knees

  5. Courtesyverb

    to make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes

  6. Courtesyverb

    to treat with civility

  7. Etymology: [See the preceding word.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Courtesy

    kort′e-si, or kurt′e-si, n. courtliness: elegance of manner: an act of civility or respect: a curtsy: (law) the life interest which the surviving husband has in the real or heritable estate of his wife.—v.i. to make a curtsy.—pr.p. court′esying; pa.p. court′esied.—n.pl. Court′esy-tī′tles, titles really invalid, but allowed by the usage of society—as to children of peers. [O. Fr. courtoisie.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. courtesy

    1. The court clothes of any two-legged predatory animal. 2. The oil that makes a juggernaut noiseless.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'courtesy' in Nouns Frequency: #2833

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of courtesy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of courtesy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of courtesy in a Sentence

  1. Johann von Goethe:

    There is a courtesy of the heart it is allied to love. From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.

  2. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay:

    Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay wrote in the proposal. Notional view of LCRT on the far-side of the Moon. ( Courtesy of Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay)( Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay) LCRT could enable tremendous scientific discoveries in the field of cosmology by observing the early universe in the 1050m wavelength band( i.e., 630MHz frequency band), which has not been explored by humans to date.

  3. Saint Basil:

    A tree is known by its fruit a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

  4. Dr. William Claire Menninger:

    Six essential qualities that are the key to success Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.

  5. Bryant McGill:

    No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy.

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    • A. transpire
    • B. emanate
    • C. elaborate
    • D. abduct

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