What does politeness mean?

Definitions for politeness
po·lite·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. politeness, niceness(noun)

    a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage

  2. politeness, civility(noun)

    the act of showing regard for others

Wiktionary

  1. politeness(Noun)

    The act of being polite.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Politeness(noun)

    high finish; smoothness; burnished elegance

  2. Politeness(noun)

    the quality or state of being polite; refinement of manners; urbanity; courteous behavior; complaisance; obliging attentions

Freebase

  1. Politeness

    Politeness is best expressed as the practical application of good manners or etiquette. It is a culturally defined phenomenon, and therefore what is considered polite in one culture can sometimes be quite rude or simply eccentric in another cultural context. While the goal of politeness is to make all of the parties relaxed and comfortable with one another, these culturally defined standards at times may be manipulated to inflict shame on a designated party. Anthropologists Penelope Brown and Stephen Levinson identified two kinds of politeness, deriving from Erving Goffman's concept of face: ⁕Negative politeness: Making a request less infringing, such as "If you don't mind..." or "If it isn't too much trouble..."; respects a person's right to act freely. In other words, deference. There is a greater use of indirect speech acts. ⁕Positive politeness: Seeks to establish a positive relationship between parties; respects a person's need to be liked and understood. Direct speech acts, swearing and flouting Grice's maxims can be considered aspects of positive politeness because: ⁕they show an awareness that the relationship is strong enough to cope with what would normally be considered impolite;they articulate an awareness of the other person's values, which fulfills the person's desire to be accepted.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. politeness

    1. The screen of language; the irony of civility; a fishing-rod. 2. A substitute for war. 3. To wipe your feet carefully on the common doormat before letting yourself in another's premises with a skeleton key. 4. Caliban in a boiled shirt, tuxedo and spats. (Politeness in the animal world is known after eating only; in the human world it is known both before and after eating, and, in a certain restricted circle, during eating.)

How to pronounce politeness?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say politeness in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of politeness in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of politeness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of politeness in a Sentence

  1. Mary Wilson Little:

    Politeness is one half good nature and the other half good lying.

  2. Henry Clay:

    All legislation, all government, all society is founded upon the principle of mutual concession, politeness, comity, courtesy; upon these everything is based...Let him who elevates himself above humanity, above its weaknesses, its infirmities, its wants, its necessities, say, if he pleases, I will never compromise; but let no one who is not above the frailties of our common nature disdain compromises.

  3. W. Allingham:

    Politeness costs nothing. Nothing, that is, to him that shows it but if often costs the world very dear.

  4. Henry Clay:

    All legislation, all government, all society is founded upon the principle of mutual concession, politeness, comity, courtesy upon these everything is based...Let him who elevates himself above humanity, above its weaknesses, its infirmities, its wants, its necessities, say, if he pleases, I will never compromise but let no one who is not above the frailties of our common nature disdain compromises.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    A person who does not understand the language of politeness should only be greeted with the words with which he has treated often to the people.

Images & Illustrations of politeness

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