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 Dictionary entry overview: What does politeness mean? 

  The noun POLITENESS has 2 senses:

1. a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage
2. the act of showing regard for others

  Familiarity information: POLITENESS used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1politeness [BACK TO TOP]


A courteous manner that respects accepted social usage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


niceness; politeness

Hypernyms ("politeness" is a kind of...):

courtesy; good manners (a courteous manner)


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

impolite (not polite)


impoliteness (a discourteous manner that ignores accepted social usage)

Sense 2politeness [BACK TO TOP]


The act of showing regard for others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


civility; politeness

Hypernyms ("politeness" is a kind of...):

formality (compliance with formal rules)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "politeness"):

courtesy (a courteous or respectful or considerate act)

deference; respect (a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard)

devoir (formal expression of respect)

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