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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.

    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


  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

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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. Ben Carson:

    You're going to see me not being quite so polite as to never say anything unless somebody asks me something.

  2. 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.

  3. Jean Kerr:

    Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.

  4. John Rinaldi:

    I’ve done nothing wrong. I left her a very polite, professional letter. I have really respected her space. I’ve never once interjected in her personal life.

  5. Tina Fey:

    With broadcast, when you're going into people's homes, you have to be a little more polite.

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    warn strongly; put on guard
    • A. huff
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