If you are courteous, your good manners show friendliness and concern for others, like your courteous habit of holding the door for people entering a building with you.

The adjective courteous comes from the Old French word curteis, which means “having courtly bearing or manners.” Courtly described the court — nobles who hung around the castle, the entourage of kings and queens. Their refined manners, not to mention their wealth and power, set them apart from the masses. So courteous behavior is a reminder of the value of good manners.

Definitions of courteous
  1. adjective
    characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners
    “"if a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world"-Francis Bacon”
    chivalrous, gallant, knightly
    being attentive to women like an ideal knight
    full of or exhibiting respect
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    showing no courtesy; rude
    surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner
    brusk, brusque, curt, short
    marked by rude or peremptory shortness
    caddish, unchivalrous, ungallant
    offensively discourteous
    without due formalities
    exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
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  2. adjective
    exhibiting courtesy and politeness
    synonyms: gracious, nice
    showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
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