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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.

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

  2. courtesynoun

    A polite gesture or remark.

    I offered them a ride simply as a courtesy.

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

  3. courtesynoun

    Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.

    They call this pond a lake by courtesy only.

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

  4. courtesynoun

    Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.

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

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

  5. courtesyadjective

    Given or done as a polite gesture.

    We paid a courtesy visit to the new neighbors.

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

  6. courtesyadjective

    Free of charge.

    The event planners offered courtesy tickets for the reporters.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Courtesynoun

    politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness

    Etymology: [See the preceding word.]

  2. Courtesynoun

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

    Etymology: [See the preceding word.]

  3. Courtesynoun

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

    Etymology: [See the preceding word.]

  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

    Etymology: [See the preceding word.]

  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

    Etymology: [See the preceding word.]

  6. Courtesyverb

    to treat with civility

    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. Host Seth Meyerspreviously saidthat:

    We’re all here at the courtesy of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

  2. Jonathan Arthur:

    You do everything right, you slow down, you submit to the authority of law enforcement, you do the right thing, you wait until a well-lit place to pull over you're on a dark road -- you don't want anybody to get hurt -- and then the officers turn around and repay your courtesy with this.

  3. Randy Houser:

    Any time I can spend some of my time with a military family is special for me, these families have sacrificed so much so I can go out and perform and do what I love. It was great to meet the Jackson family, hear their story and have them enjoy the concert courtesy of my partner, Eckrich.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    It’s one of the reasons that I think a lot of Americans are just fed up with the whole political process. Because, in a democracy you have to have at least enough trust to be able to work with each other and solve difficult problems, when the Republicans refuse to give a distinguished judge appointed by President Obama even the courtesy of meetings, let alone a hearing, that sent such a terrible message. Now, what they’ve done in this case is to hold back information, they have not provided all the information, which was always made available for other nominees, and they’re trying to rush this through to the detriment of the American public, who deserves to have answers to whatever charges might be presented.

  5. Cassi Free:

    The CDC states online that gasoline-powered engines on boats, including onboard generators, produce carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless and odorless gas that can poison or kill someone who breathes too much of it. The generators on many boats vent toward the rear, meaning that someone sitting there can be put at risk for CO poisoning. Additionally, traveling at slow speeds or idling in the water can cause CO to build up in a boats cabin, cockpit, bridge, and aft deck, or in an open area. Wind from the aft section of the boat can increase this buildup of CO, per the CDC. Johnathan and Blake both required oxygen to bring down their CO levels. Blake has continued to have issues with memory and focus, while Johnathan has struggled with energy levels, Cassi said. CORONAVIRUS PEDIATRIC FATALITIES MOSTLY AMONG MINORITIES, THOSE WITH UNDERLYING CONDITIONS, CDC SAYS We thought it was due to the grief and had him in counseling, but we are now being told that grief may not be the only issue, Cassi said of her 15-year-old, noting that both boys are scheduled for MRIs and have a referral to begin sessions with a neuropsychiatrist to hopefully start a regimen that is supposed to help repair any damaged neurological connections. Moving forward has been hard for the Free family, with Cassi noting that she and Brett struggle daily. The joy has disappeared. Weve always been an active family, but we have little energy to do anything anymore. As I stand in these shoes, Ive realized that there are so many ways to notify people, other boaters, of the dangers, she said. The Free family had never heard of boats causing carbon monoxide poisoning before.  (Courtesy of Cassi Free) New boats may have less risk, but many new boats cost as much as a house. A Mastercraft X26 costs $165,000. So for those with a smaller budget, your risks can be exponentially higher, many, if not all, new boats have warnings stamped on them. Used boats do not. And people with new boats, those who are lucky enough to be privy to the few notifications that are made available, forget that a cared-for boat can last for decades- and that the lakes are full of boats that have the potential to backdraft lethal levels of CO into the back seating area.

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    someone who takes the place of another person
    • A. cosmopolitan
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