Definition of Courtesy

1. Noun. A courteous or respectful or considerate act.

Generic synonyms: Civility, Politeness
Specialized synonyms: Attention, Gallantry



2. Noun. A courteous or respectful or considerate remark.
Generic synonyms: Comment, Input, Remark

3. Noun. A courteous manner.

Definition of Courtesy

1. n. Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness.

2. n. An act of civility, respect, or reverence, made by women, consisting of a slight depression or dropping of the body, with bending of the knees.

3. v. i. To make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes.

4. v. t. To treat with civility.

Definition of Courtesy

1. Noun. Polite behavior. ¹

2. Noun. A polite gesture or remark. ¹

3. Noun. Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence. ¹

4. Noun. Willingness or generosity in providing something needed. ¹

5. Adjective. Given or done as a polite gesture. ¹

6. Adjective. Free of charge. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Courtesy

1. to curtsy [v -SIED, -SYING, -SIES] - See also: curtsy

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Courtesy

courtcraft
courted
courteous
courteously
courteousness
courteousnesses
courtepies
courtepy
courter
courters
courtesans
courtesanship
courtesied
courtesies
courtesy (current term)
courtesy card
courtesy copy
courtesy name
courtesy of
courtesying
courtezan
courtezans
courthouse
courthouses
courtier
courtierlike
courtierly
courtiers
courtiery

Literary usage of Courtesy

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1. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent (1866)
"Tenancy by the courtesy is an estate for life, created by the act of the law. When a man marries a woman, seised, at any time during the coverture, ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"Ejectment—courtesy—evidence—wills—law of Kentucky. It seems, that the rigid rules of the common law do not require that tbe husband shall have had actual ..."

3. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Joseph Jacobs (1892)
"Better too much courtesy than too little, provided it be not the same for all, which degenerates into injustice. Between opponents it is especially due as a ..."

4. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"Accepted Howard, than whom knight Was never dubbed, more bold in fight, Nor, when from war and armor free, More famed for stately courtesy; But angry Dacre ..."

5. Annual Report by Correctional Association of New York (1864)
"courtesy OF PRISON OFFICERS. The Managers of this Association record their grateful appreciation of the courtesy of the wardens, superintendents, ..."

6. The Italian Renaissance in England: Studies by Lewis Einstein (1902)
"The translation and publication of numerous Italian manuals of courtesy and ... The mention of Italian courtesy books in Elizabethan literature would ..."

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