Definitions for: Courteous


[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
[adj] exhibiting courtesy and politeness; "a nice gesture"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--Fuller.

Synonyms: chivalrous, gallant, gracious, knightly, nice, polite

Antonyms: discourteous

See Also: respectful

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