politeness

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
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n a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage

Synonyms:
niceness
Antonyms:
impoliteness
a discourteous manner that ignores accepted social usage
Type of:
courtesy, good manners
a courteous manner

n the act of showing regard for others

Synonyms:
civility
Types:
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courtesy
a courteous or respectful or considerate act
deference, respect
a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
devoir
formal expression of respect
attention
a courteous act indicating affection
gallantry
polite attentiveness to women
court, homage
respectful deference
last respects
the act of expressing respect for someone who has died
props
proper respect
Type of:
action
something done (usually as opposed to something said)

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