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Princeton's WordNet

  1. politeadjective

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

  2. civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, politeadjective

    marked by refinement in taste and manners

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

  3. civil, politeadjective

    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. politeadjective

    Well-mannered, civilized.

  2. politeadjective

    Smooth, polished, burnished.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POLITEadjective

    Etymology: politus, Latin.

    Some of them are diaphanous, shining and polite; others not polite, but as if powder’d over with fine iron dust. John Woodward.

    If any sort of rays, falling on the polite surface of any pellucid medium, be reflected back, the fits of easy reflexion, which they have at the point of reflexion, shall still continue to return. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    The edges of the sand holes, being worn away, there are left all over the glass a numberless company of very little convex polite risings like waves. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    A nymph of quality admires our knight,
    He marries, bows at court, and grows polite. Alexander Pope.

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. Politeverb

    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. Barack Obama:

    Racism, we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public, that's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don't, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.

  2. Catherine Lenquette:

    We're shocked. He was always polite, very kind, a kid who always managed on his own, we never talked about politics.

  3. Aleah Colón-Alfonso:

    Communicating behind masks and from a distance is difficult, so my idea and all my products attempt to serve as an unspoken and polite assertion.

  4. Bryant McGill:

    A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect.

  5. Jim Cleaves:

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

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    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
    • A. eloquent
    • B. contagious
    • C. incumbent
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