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polite

[ puh-lahyt ]
/ pəˈlaɪt /
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adjective, po·lit·er, po·lit·est.

showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil:a polite reply.
refined or cultured: polite society.
of a refined or elegant kind: polite learning.

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Origin of polite

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin polītus, past participle of polīre “to polish”; see polish

synonym study for polite

1. See civil.

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British Dictionary definitions for polite

polite
/ (pəˈlaɪt) /

adjective

showing regard for others, in manners, speech, behaviour, etc; courteous
cultivated or refinedpolite society
elegant or polishedpolite letters

Derived forms of polite

politely, adverbpoliteness, noun

Word Origin for polite

C15: from Latin polītus polished; see polish
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