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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]


Exhibiting courtesy and politeness


courteous; gracious; nice

Context example:

a nice gesture


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

Sense 2courteous [BACK TO TOP]


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


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


respectful (full of or exhibiting respect)


courtesy; good manners (a courteous manner)


discourteous (showing no courtesy; rude)

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