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courteous

[ kur-tee-uhs ]
/ ˈkɜr ti əs /
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adjective
having or showing good manners; polite.
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Origin of courteous

1225–75; court + -eous; replacing Middle English co(u)rteis<Anglo-French; see court, -ese

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See civil.

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British Dictionary definitions for courteous

courteous
/ (ˈkɜːtɪəs) /

adjective
polite and considerate in manner

Derived forms of courteous

courteously, adverbcourteousness, noun

Word Origin for courteous

C13 corteis, literally: with courtly manners, from Old French; see court
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