The way you act when you're respectful, thoughtful, and kind towards others is politeness. It's politeness that makes you say "Thank you!" when someone hands you the pen you dropped.

Politeness and polite come from a Latin root, politus, which means "polished," but also "refined and elegant." Politeness is especially important in certain situations — politeness when meeting the Queen of England means a deep curtsy or bow, while politeness at your grandparents' house means saying "please" and volunteering to wash the dishes after dinner.

Definitions of politeness
  1. noun
    a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage
    synonyms: niceness
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    a discourteous manner that ignores accepted social usage
    type of:
    courtesy, good manners
    a courteous manner
  2. noun
    the act of showing regard for others
    synonyms: civility
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    a courteous or respectful or considerate act
    deference, respect
    a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
    formal expression of respect
    a courteous act indicating affection
    polite attentiveness to women
    court, homage
    respectful deference
    last respects
    the act of expressing respect for someone who has died
    proper respect
    type of:
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
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