adjective, po·lit·er, po·lit·est.
- polished rice,
- polit. econ.,
Origin of polite
Examples from the Web for politely
From behind a curtain, Trudeau is politely coaching the actors through the scene, encouraging them to go bigger.Inside the Political Fun House: How ‘Alpha House’ Became Amazon’s First Big Hit|Kevin Fallon|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After politely considering the idea, Stewart declined, the magazine reported.Jon Stewart and 'Meet The Press' Would Have Been One Unhappy Marriage|Lloyd Grove|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Demurely they poured drinks and politely tried to speak English.
We are now in day six of our on-air spring membership drive for WPNQ, and we really have to —politely!
Prabhakar is politely being asked to vacate his city and his home.
"I can look after meself, thank you for nothink," retorted Mr. Rabbit politely.Dead Man's Love|Tom Gallon
Explain to her as politely as possible that I am not able to see any visitors to-day.The Intriguers|William Le Queux
I politely state my case to this personage, who cannot make apologies and promises enough.Madame Chrysantheme|Pierre Loti
How equally sweetly and politely do you express yourself on this occasion!Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
Mr Sudberry politely stepped to one side, and made way for them.Freaks on the Fells|R.M. Ballantyne
Word Origin for polite
late 14c., "polished, burnished" (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin politus "refined, elegant, accomplished," literally "polished," past participle of polire "to polish, to make smooth" (see polish (v.)). Used literally at first in English; sense of "elegant, cultured" is first recorded c.1500, that of "behaving courteously" is 1748 (implied in politely). Related: Politeness.