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COURTEOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does courteous mean? 

COURTEOUS (adjective)
  The adjective COURTEOUS has 2 senses:

1. exhibiting courtesy and politeness
2. characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners

  Familiarity information: COURTEOUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COURTEOUS (adjective)


Sense 1courteous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exhibiting courtesy and politeness

Synonyms:

courteous; gracious; nice

Context example:

a nice gesture

Similar:

polite (showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.)


Sense 2courteous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners

Context example:

if a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world

Similar:

chivalrous; gallant; knightly (being attentive to women like an ideal knight)

Also:

respectful (full of or exhibiting respect)

Attribute:

courtesy; good manners (a courteous manner)

Antonym:

discourteous (showing no courtesy; rude)


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