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Definitions of polite

  1. not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others; "even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc. Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Smooth; polished. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Smooth and refined in behavior or manners; well bred; courteous; complaisant; obliging; civil. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Characterized by refinement, or a high degree of finish; as, polite literature. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To polish; to refine; to render polite. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Politeness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Well-bred; refined in manner; courteous or obliging. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Politely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Polished: smooth: refined: well-bred: obliging. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Polished; refined; well-bred. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Showing consideration for others; elegant in manners; courteous; refined. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Having refinement of manners; well-bred; courteous. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Refined or well-bred in manners; polished; courteous; obliging. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. p[=o]-l[=i]t', adj. polished: smooth: refined: well-bred: obliging.--adv. POLITE'LY.--ns. POLITE'NESS, state or quality of being polite: refinement of manners: good-breeding; POLITESSE', politeness. [L. politus, pa.p. of pol[=i]re.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Of refined manners, courteous; cultivated, cultured; well-bred; (of literature &c.) refined, elegant, as p. letters. Hence politely adv., politeness n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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