Courtesy

  • 1 courtesy — [kʉrt′ə sē; ] for 4 [, kʉrt′sē] n. pl. courtesies [ME courteisie < OFr curteisie: see COURTEOUS] 1. courteous behavior; gracious politeness 2. a polite, helpful, or considerate act or remark 3. an act or usage intended to honor or compliment… …

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  • 2 Courtesy — Cour te*sy (k?r t? s?), n.; pl. {Courtesies} ( s?z). [OE. cortaisie, corteisie, courtesie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, F. courtoisie, fr. curteis, corteis. See {Courteous}.] 1. Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness.… …

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  • 3 Courtesy — comes from old french courteis (12th century) is gentle politeness and courtly manners. In the Middle Ages in Europe, the behaviour expected of the gentry was compiled in courtesy books. One of the most influential of these was Il Cortegiano (The …

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  • 4 courtesy — courtesy, amenity, attention, gallantry are comparable when they denote a manner or an act which promotes agreeable or pleasant social relations. Courtesy suggests consideration for others or deference (as to their rank, sex, or age); it usually… …

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  • 5 courtesy — ► NOUN (pl. courtesies) 1) courteous behaviour. 2) a polite speech or action, especially one required by convention. ● (by) courtesy of Cf. ↑courtesy of …

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  • 6 Courtesy — Courte sy (k[^u]rt s[y^]), n. [See the preceding word.] 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. [Written also {curtsy} and {curtsey}.] [1913… …

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  • 7 courtesy — [n1] good manners address, affability, amenities, amiability, attentiveness, ceremony, chivalry, civility, comity, complaisance, consideration, cordiality, courteousness, courtliness, cultivation, culture, deference, elegance, familiarity, favor …

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  • 8 Courtesy — Courte sy, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Courtesied} ( s[i^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Courtesying}.] To make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 9 Courtesy — Courte sy, v. t. To treat with civility. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 10 courtesy — I noun affability, amenity, amiability, chivalry, civility, comitas, comity, complaisance, consideration, cordiality, courteous conduct, courteousness, courtliness, deference, elegance of manners, etiquette, excellence of behavior, friendliness,… …

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  • 11 courtesy — early 13c., curteisie, from O.Fr. curteisie (Mod.Fr. courtoisie), from curteis courteous (see COURTEOUS (Cf. courteous)). A specialized sense of curteisie is the source of English CURTSY (Cf. curtsy) …

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  • 12 courtesy — [[t]kɜ͟ː(r)tɪsi[/t]] courtesies 1) N UNCOUNT Courtesy is politeness, respect, and consideration for others. [FORMAL] ...a gentleman who behaves with the utmost courtesy towards ladies... He did not even have the courtesy to reply to my fax. Syn:… …

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  • 13 courtesy — n. 1) to demonstrate, extend, show courtesy (they showed us every courtesy) 2) common; unfailing courtesy 3) professional; senatorial (US) courtesy 4) courtesy to, towards (it was done as a courtesy to you) 5) the courtesy to + inf. (he didn t… …

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  • 14 courtesy — ▪ I. courtesy cour‧te‧sy 1 [ˈkɜːtsi ǁ ˈkɜːr ] adjective [only before a noun] provided free to a customer or to the public: • A courtesy bus runs to the Hotel Del Levante from the airport every day.   [m0] ▪ II. courtesy courtesy 2 noun ( …

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  • 15 courtesy — cour|te|sy1 [ˈkə:tısi US ˈkə:r ] n plural courtesies [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: corteisie, from corteis; COURTEOUS] 1.) [U] polite behaviour and respect for other people = ↑politeness ≠ ↑discourtesy ▪ It s a matter of common courtesy …

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  • 16 courtesy — 01. She didn t really like the meal, but she pretended to enjoy it out of [courtesy]. 02. Her children are generally very [courteous], and will undoubtedly be very well behaved. 03. I sent in an application, and they didn t even have enough… …

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  • 17 Courtesy — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Courtesy >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 courtesy courtesy Sgm: N 1 respect respect &c. 928 Sgm: N 1 good manners good manners good behavior good breeding Sgm: N 1 manners manners Sgm: N 1 politeness …

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  • 18 courtesy of — (by) courtesy of 1. With the permission of 2. By the favour of • • • Main Entry: ↑courteous * * * (by) courtesy of given or allowed by photograph courtesy of the Evening Star ■ …

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  • 19 courtesy — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great, unfailing, utmost ▪ common, simple (esp. AmE) ▪ It s common courtesy to give up your seat for elderly people. ▪ …

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  • 20 courtesy — cour|te|sy1 [ kɜrtəsi ] noun * uncount politeness, especially formal politeness in social situations: a man who treats everyone with kindness and courtesy common courtesy (=ordinary politeness that everyone expects): It s only common courtesy to… …

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