What does polite mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. polite(adj)

    showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.

  2. civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite(adj)

    marked by refinement in taste and manners

    "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society"

  3. civil, polite(adj)

    not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others

    "even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham


  1. polite(Adjective)

    Well-mannered, civilized.

  2. polite(Adjective)

    Smooth, polished, burnished.

  3. Origin: From politus, past participle of polire; see polish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polite

    smooth; polished

  2. Polite

    smooth and refined in behavior or manners; well bred; courteous; complaisant; obliging; civil

  3. Polite

    characterized by refinement, or a high degree of finish; as, polite literature

  4. Polite(verb)

    to polish; to refine; to render polite


  1. Polite

    Polite is a semi-regular general interest and humor magazine published in the United States. Its tagline is "Generally interesting."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Polite

    pō-līt′, adj. polished: smooth: refined: well-bred: obliging.—adv. Polite′ly.—ns. Polite′ness, state or quality of being polite: refinement of manners: good-breeding; Politesse′, politeness. [L. politus, pa.p. of polīre.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Polite

    To have good manners and to show respect to everyone.

    The little girl was very polite and respected her elders.

    Submitted by JP03 on October 30, 2014  

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'polite' in Adjectives Frequency: #920

How to pronounce polite?

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How to say polite in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of polite in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of polite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of polite in a Sentence

  1. Maria Gutierrez:

    He was quiet but always polite.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    Be polite to all, but intimate with few.

  3. Tom Roberts:

    They were super polite in coping with it.

  4. Hilary Gish:

    It's a fun and polite way of asking for money.

  5. Andy Cole:

    Cattle are very polite, they don't burp out loud.

Images & Illustrations of polite

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