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Meaning of COURTEOUS

Pronunciation:  'kurteeus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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"-Francis Bacon
  2. [adj]  exhibiting courtesy and politeness; "a nice gesture"

COURTEOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: chivalrous, gallant, gracious, knightly, nice, polite
 Antonyms: discourteous
 See Also: respectful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cour"te*ous\ (k?r"t?-?s; 277), a. [OE. cortais,
corteis, cortois, rarely corteous, OF. corties, corteis, F.
courtois. See {Court}.]
Of courtlike manners; pertaining to, or expressive of,
courtesy; characterized by courtesy; civil; obliging; well
bred; polite; affable; complaisant.

      A patient and courteous bearing.         --Prescott.

      His behavior toward his people is grave and courteous.

Thesaurus Terms
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