- having or showing good manners; polite.
Origin of courteous
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Examples from the Web for courteousness
Good manners consist, for the most part, in courteousness and kindness.Character
The courteousness of the greeting did more than to put Joseph at his ease, as the saying is.The Brook Kerith
Courteousness is peculiarly suited to their age and sex, and particularly expected of them.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Any man of courteousness alone must have loved her, but would not have dared to own his passion.
And now they treated him with that courteousness of manner which success in life always begets.Phineas Finn
- polite and considerate in manner
Word Origin and History for courteousness
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).