Definition of Courteous

1. Adjective. Exhibiting courtesy and politeness. "A nice gesture"

Exact synonyms: Gracious, Nice
Similar to: Polite
Derivative terms: Grace, Graciousness, Niceness

2. Adjective. Characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners. "If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world"
Attributes: Courtesy, Good Manners
Similar to: Chivalrous, Gallant, Knightly
Also: Respectful
Antonyms: Discourteous

Definition of Courteous

1. a. Of courtlike manners; pertaining to, or expressive of, courtesy; characterized by courtesy; civil; obliging; well bred; polite; affable; complaisant.

Definition of Courteous

1. Adjective. Showing regard or thought for others; especially, displaying good manners or etiquette. ¹

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Definition of Courteous

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Courteous

court of law
court order
court orders
court plaster
court plasters
court poor box
court reporter
court reporters
court sense
court shoe
court shoes
court tennis
courteous (current term)
courtesy card

Literary usage of Courteous

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1. American Wit and Humor by Joel Chandler Harris (1907)
"Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard to the "courteous Reader" courteous Reader: I have heard that nothing gives an author so great pleasure as to find his works ..."

2. The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America by Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (1859)
"Be pitiful, be courteous ; not rendering evil tor evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise, blessing. 1 Cor. iv. 12,13.—Being reviled, we bless ..."

3. The anatomy of melancholy, by Democritus iunior by Robert Burton (1838)
"... countermine, protest and swear, vow, promise, what labours un- go, early up, down late ; how obsequious and affable they are, how po- iit and courteous, ..."

4. Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of His Noble by Thomas Malory, William Caxton (1900)
"CHAPTER XLI How Sir Lamorak slew Sir Frol, and of the courteous fighting with Sir ... courteous ..."

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