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ADJECTIVE (3)

1. showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.;

2. marked by refinement in taste and manners;
- Example: "cultivated speech"
- Example: "cultured Bostonians"
- Example: "cultured tastes"
- Example: "a genteel old lady"
- Example: "polite society"
[syn: civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite]

3. not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others;
- Example: "even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham
[syn: civil, polite]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Polite \Po*lite"\, a. [Compar. Politer; superl. Politest.] [L. politus, p. p. of polire to polish: cf. F. poli. See Polish, v.] 1. Smooth; polished. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Rays of light falling on a polite surface. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] 2. Smooth and refined in behavior or manners; well bred; courteous; complaisant; obliging; civil. [1913 Webster] He marries, bows at court, and grows polite. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. Characterized by refinement, or a high degree of finish; as, polite literature. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Syn: Polished; refined; well bred; courteous; affable; urbane; civil; courtly; elegant; genteel. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Polite \Po*lite"\, v. t. To polish; to refine; to render polite. [Obs.] --Ray. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

polite adj 1: showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc. [ant: impolite] 2: marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society" [syn: civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite] 3: not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others; "even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham [syn: civil, polite] [ant: rude, uncivil]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

26 Moby Thesaurus words for "polite": accommodating, affable, agreeable, attentive, civil, complaisant, considerate, cordial, courteous, deferential, diplomatic, fair, formal, genteel, graceful, gracious, mannerly, obliging, polished, proper, respectful, solicitous, tactful, thoughtful, urbane, well-mannered