1. [syn: courteous, gracious, nice]
2. characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners;
- Example: "if a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world"-Francis Bacon
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Courteous \Cour"te*ous\ (k?r"t?-?s; 277), a. [OE. cortais,
corteis, cortois, rarely corteous, OF. corties, corteis, F.
courtois. See Court.]
Of courtlike manners; pertaining to, or expressive of,
courtesy; characterized by courtesy; civil; obliging; well
bred; polite; affable; complaisant.
A patient and courteous bearing. --Prescott.
His behavior toward his people is grave and courteous.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: exhibiting courtesy and politeness; "a nice gesture"
[syn: courteous, gracious, nice]
2: 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 [ant: discourteous]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
54 Moby Thesaurus words for "courteous":
accommodating, affable, agreeable, amiable, attentive, cap in hand,
ceremonious, civil, civilized, clubbable, clubbish, clubby,
communicative, companionable, companionate, compatible,
complaisant, congenial, considerate, courtly, decorous,
deferential, diplomatic, dutiful, fair, fit for society,
fond of society, friendly, genial, genteel, gentlemanly, graceful,
gracious, gregarious, honorific, hospitable, ladylike, mannerly,
obliging, polished, polite, proper, regardful, respectful,
sociable, social, social-minded, solicitous, tactful, thoughtful,
urbane, well-behaved, well-bred, well-mannered