Gracious means "kind, courteous, and compassionate," like your gracious reply to a rude question like, "So, did you ever learn to hit a softball?"
Gracious descends from the Latin word for good will. A gracious person wants everyone to be comfortable: a gracious host leaves extra blankets and some books on a variety of subjects out for overnight guests to enjoy. Even at a difficult moment, a gracious person remains thoughtful and kind, like the gracious way you treat a waiter who spills a glass of juice on your lap.
adj characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects
adj characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit
characteristic of or befitting a friend
elegant, graceful, refined
suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
(used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious
(used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel