What does polite mean?

Definitions for polite
pəˈlaɪtpo·lite

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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

Wiktionary

  1. polite(Adjective)

    Well-mannered, civilized.

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

  2. polite(Adjective)

    Smooth, polished, burnished.

    Etymology: 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

Freebase

  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?

  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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Numerology

  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. Jim Cleaves:

    That’s the polite way to do this, this is how we really do it.

  2. Trumpsaidto Kushner:

    Reviewing emails recently confirmed my memory that the meeting was a waste of our time and that, in looking for a polite way to leave and get back to my work, I actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after I had been there for 10 or so minutes and wrote, ‘ Can you pls call me on my cell ? Need excuse to get out of meeting, ’.

  3. Greg Guma:

    He is more polite than Trump, but there is a similarity there, it's a New York thing and an alpha male thing, bernie is a Democrat with guts.

  4. Troup County:

    It’s kind of bizarre, I’ve never known anyone to (allegedly) do something like this before. It’s crazy to have interacted with someone like that. The last time I saw him was probably in about June of 2011, and he seemed fine. I just remember him being really nice, very polite.

  5. Nicholas Benes:

    Most outside directors won't feel they ought to be questioning the corporate culture. They were invited to the board and they feel they ought to be polite.

Images & Illustrations of polite

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