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  1. with good manners; courteously; politely.

Origin of mannerly

First recorded in 1325–75, mannerly is from the Middle English word manerly. See manner1, -ly
Related formsman·ner·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. well-mannered; polite; courteous
  1. rare with good manners; politely; courteously
Derived Formsmannerliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mannerly

"well-mannered, seemly, modest," late 14c., from manner (n.) + -ly (1). As an adverb, "in accord with custom; becomingly" (mid-14c.); later "in accord with good manners" (c.1400). Related: Mannerliness.

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