- having or showing good manners; polite.
Origin of courteous
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Examples from the Web for courteous
He was courteous, explained the legitimate reason we were briefly pulled over, and then let us continue on our way.Obama Is Right on Race. The Media Is Wrong.
December 29, 2014
Greetings were courteous and warm, requests were focused, translations were careful.Pyongyang Primer: Kenneth Bae Comes Home
November 15, 2014
“He was gentle and courteous even though his love of the U.S. had faded over time,” said Bogucki.A Navy Lawyer Cries Foul on Gitmo’s Kafkaesque Legal System
September 26, 2014
In the subway train in Japan, when people are not necessarily in a good mood, they will nevertheless be courteous.Vilified Bitcoin Tycoon After Losing $500 Million: My Life Is at Risk
September 17, 2014
Even more striking are the courteous and collegial manners displayed, even during the arduous filibuster in the Senate.How a Dream Became a Law: Passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964
March 31, 2014
"It would be courteous to give a reason," he said presently.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
The letter was most courteous, most complimentary, most wooing.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
At this Narcisse smiled with indulgent and courteous disdain.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I thank the writer for his argument, and his courteous manner of presenting it.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
What an advantage has an imposing or forward nature over a courteous one!Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- polite and considerate in manner
Word Origin and History for courteous
mid-14c., earlier curteis (c.1300), from Old French curteis (Modern French courtois) "having courtly bearing or manners," from curt "court" (see court (n.)) + -eis, from Latin -ensis.
Rare before c.1500. In feudal society, also denoting a man of good education (hence the name Curtis). Medieval courts were associated with good behavior and also beauty; e.g. German hübsch "beautiful," from Middle High German hübesch "beautiful," originally "courteous, well-bred," from Old Franconian hofesch, from hof "court." Related: Courteously (mid-14c., kurteis-liche).