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Polite synonyms
pə-līt'
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Of ordinary citizens or ordinary community life as distinguished from the military or the ecclesiastical:
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  1. Of ordinary citizens or ordinary community life as distinguished from the military or the ecclesiastical:
  2. Of or relating to citizens and their interrelations with one another or with the state:
  3. Sufficiently observing or befitting accepted social usages; polite:
Given to careful thought; reflective:
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  1. Given to careful thought; reflective:
  2. Full of thought; meditative; thinking
  3. Heedful, careful, attentive, etc.; esp., considerate of others; kind
Having or showing good manners; well-behaved; polite; courteous
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  1. Having or showing good manners; well-behaved; polite; courteous
Paying close attention; alert or observant:
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  1. Paying close attention; alert or observant:
  2. Showing care for the needs or desires of others; caring or courteous.
  3. Paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely
Pleasing in manner, behavior, or appearance.
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  1. Pleasing in manner, behavior, or appearance.
  2. Giving pleasure; pleasing in manner.
  3. Giving or affording pleasure or enjoyment; agreeable:
Of good family; wellborn:
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  1. Of good family; wellborn:
  2. Suited to one of good breeding; refined and polite:
  3. Generous; kind
Moderate in type, degree, effect, or force:
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  1. Moderate in type, degree, effect, or force:
  2. Gentle or kind in disposition, action, or effect; not severe, harsh, bitter, etc.
  3. Gentle or kind in disposition, manners, or behavior.
Gentle and kindly
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  1. Gentle and kindly
  2. Pleasant and easy to approach or talk to; friendly
Paying close attention; alert or observant:
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  1. Paying close attention; alert or observant:
  2. Showing care for the needs or desires of others; caring or courteous.
  3. Paying attention; noticing, watching, listening, or attending closely
Characterized by gracious consideration toward others.
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  1. Characterized by gracious consideration toward others.
  2. Showing regard or thought for others; especially, displaying good manners or etiquette.
Ready to do favors; helpful; courteous; accommodating
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  1. Ready to do favors; helpful; courteous; accommodating
  2. Happy and ready to do favours for others.
Having a pleasant or attractive appearance:
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  1. Having a pleasant or attractive appearance:
  2. Kind and considerate
  3. Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle:
(Archaic) Characterized by careful thought; deliberate.
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  1. (Archaic) Characterized by careful thought; deliberate.
  2. Consciously thoughtful and observant (often of other people); caring
  3. Having or showing regard for the needs or feelings of others.
(Archaic) Full of desire; eager:
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  1. (Archaic) Full of desire; eager:
  2. Expressing care or concern for another:
  3. Showing great attention or concern to another:
Tending to conciliate or reconcile
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  1. Tending to conciliate or reconcile
  2. Willing to conciliate, or to make concessions
Tasteless, insipid, dull, etc.
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  1. Tasteless, insipid, dull, etc.
  2. Exhibiting no personal worry, embarrassment, or concern:
  3. Having little or no distinctive flavor:
(Obs.) Lovely or lovable
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  1. (Obs.) Lovely or lovable
  2. Cordial; sociable; congenial:
  3. Having a pleasant and friendly disposition; good-natured
Condescendingly courteous; indulgent:
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  1. Condescendingly courteous; indulgent:
  2. Characterized by elegance and good taste:
  3. Merciful or compassionate. Used especially of God in Christianity and Islam.
Polite and respectful; formally pleasant:
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  1. Polite and respectful; formally pleasant:
  2. Warm and sincere; friendly:
  3. (Archaic) Invigorating; stimulating. Used especially of a beverage.
Alternative spelling of good-natured.
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  1. Alternative spelling of good-natured.
  2. Having or showing good nature; pleasant; agreeable; affable
  3. Of or pertaining to a perpetual kind disposition.
In agreement with one's tastes, mood, feelings, disposition, etc.; congenial
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  1. In agreement with one's tastes, mood, feelings, disposition, etc.; congenial
  2. Relating to or being vibrations, especially musical tones, produced in one body by energy from a nearby vibrating body and having the same frequency as the vibration of the nearby body.
  3. Relating to, expressing, feeling, or resulting from sympathy:
Having or showing curiosity, fascination, or concern:
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  1. Having or showing curiosity, fascination, or concern:
  2. Possessing a right, claim, or stake:
  3. Having or showing interest.
Having no obstructions or difficulties:
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  1. Having no obstructions or difficulties:
  2. Free from hair, whiskers, or stubble:
  3. Having an even or gentle motion or movement:
Involving chivalry
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  1. Involving chivalry
  2. (Of a man) honourable, especially to women.
  3. Having the qualities of gallantry and honor attributed to an ideal knight.
Having to do with love; amorous
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  1. Having to do with love; amorous
  2. Nobly or selflessly resolute:
  3. Smartly or boldly stylish; dashing:
Describing a publication of a text which follows a single basic manuscript, but with variants in other manuscripts noted in the critical apparatus
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  1. Describing a publication of a text which follows a single basic manuscript, but with variants in other manuscripts noted in the critical apparatus
  2. Exhibiting diplomacy; exercising tact or courtesy; using discussion to avoid hard feelings, fights or arguments.
  3. Using or marked by tact and sensitivity in dealing with others.
Having or showing tact
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  1. Having or showing tact
  2. Possessing tact; able to deal with people in a sensitive manner.
  3. Possessing or exhibiting tact; considerate and discreet:
(Archaic) Sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in devising and advancing a system of management; devoted to a scheme or system rather than to a principle; hence, in a good sense, wise; prudent; sagacious
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  1. (Archaic) Sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in devising and advancing a system of management; devoted to a scheme or system rather than to a principle; hence, in a good sense, wise; prudent; sagacious
  2. (Archaic) Relating to, or promoting, a policy, especially a national policy; well-devised; adapted to its end, whether right or wrong; said of things.
  3. (Archaic) Of or relating to polity, or civil government; political.
Not life-threatening or severe, and likely to respond to treatment, as a tumor that is not malignant.
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  1. Not life-threatening or severe, and likely to respond to treatment, as a tumor that is not malignant.
  2. Having little or no detrimental effect; harmless:
  3. Gentle or kind:
Of or offered in propitiation; conciliatory.
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  1. Of or offered in propitiation; conciliatory.
Of a sympathetic, helpful, or benevolent nature:
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  1. Of a sympathetic, helpful, or benevolent nature:
  2. (--- Obsolete) Natural to its kind.
  3. Kind; gracious; benign
Agreeable or beneficial:
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  1. Agreeable or beneficial:
  2. Sympathetic, friendly, gentle, tenderhearted, generous, etc.
  3. Gentle; tractable; easily governed.
Suitable for a king's court; dignified, polite, elegant, etc.
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  1. Suitable for a king's court; dignified, polite, elegant, etc.
  2. Suitable for a royal court; stately:
  3. Flattering, esp. in an obsequious way
Favorable; beneficial.
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  1. Favorable; beneficial.
  2. Kindly or gracious, sometimes in a patronizing way
  3. (Now rare) Kind; gracious; favorable.
In pursuance, conformity, or accordance; used adverbially
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  1. In pursuance, conformity, or accordance; used adverbially
  2. Pleasing, either to the mind or senses; pleasant; grateful.
  3. Agreeing or suitable; conformable; correspondent; concordant; adapted; followed by to, or rarely by with.
Full of or characterized by respect; showing deference or dutiful regard
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  1. Full of or characterized by respect; showing deference or dutiful regard
  2. Showing or marked by proper respect.
Willing to accept a suggestion or submit to authority:
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  1. Willing to accept a suggestion or submit to authority:
  2. Legally answerable; required to respond; responsible; subject to.
  3. Ready to consent; agreeable:
Raised to be well-mannered and refined.
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  1. Raised to be well-mannered and refined.
  2. Alternative form of well-bred.
  3. Born to parents considered to be of good stock. Used of animals.
Refined or polite, often in an affected way:
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  1. Refined or polite, often in an affected way:
  2. Affectedly proper or refined; somewhat prudish refinement; excessively polite.
  3. Having or showing the good taste and refinement associated with polite society; elegant, fashionable, etc.
Of, being, pertaining to, or resembling a gentleman or gentlemen.
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  1. Of, being, pertaining to, or resembling a gentleman or gentlemen.
  2. Of, characteristic of, or fit for a gentleman; well-mannered
Polite; courteous.
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  1. Polite; courteous.
  2. Alternative spelling of well-mannered.
  3. Having good manners; polite, courteous, and socially correct; conforming to standards of good behaviour.
Chosen or expressed with aptness or propriety.
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  1. Chosen or expressed with aptness or propriety.
  2. Speaking easily or fluently
  3. Eloquent and able with regards to speech.
Full of ceremony
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  1. Full of ceremony
  2. In accord with prescribed or customary usage; rigidly formal.
  3. Excessively formal or proper
Designed for use or wear at ceremonies, elaborate parties, etc.
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  1. Designed for use or wear at ceremonies, elaborate parties, etc.
  2. Having the appearance of being suitable, correct, etc., but not really so
  3. Following or being in accord with accepted or prescribed forms, conventions, or regulations:
Worthy of the name; true:
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  1. Worthy of the name; true:
  2. Called for by rules or conventions; correct:
  3. Characteristically belonging to the being or thing in question; peculiar:
Very careful about every detail of behavior, ceremony, etc.
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  1. Very careful about every detail of behavior, ceremony, etc.
  2. Strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct.
  3. Strictly attentive to detail; meticulous or fastidious, particularly to codes or conventions.
Enjoying or requiring the company of others; gregarious
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  1. Enjoying or requiring the company of others; gregarious
  2. Offering opportunities for conversation; characterized by much conversation.
  3. Tending to socialize or be social; friendly; inviting; congenial.
Pleasing; agreeable:
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  1. Pleasing; agreeable:
  2. Calculated to please or win favor:
  3. Which ingratiates; which attempts to bring oneself into the favour of another. The implication is often of flattery or insincerity.
Having or exhibiting the qualities of a friendly neighbor.
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  1. Having or exhibiting the qualities of a friendly neighbor.
  2. Like, characteristic of, or appropriate to neighbors; kind, friendly, sociable, etc.
Like, characteristic of, or suitable for a friend, friends, or friendship; kindly
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  1. Like, characteristic of, or suitable for a friend, friends, or friendship; kindly
  2. Showing friendly feelings; ready to be a friend
  3. (--- Informal) Easy to understand or use for a specified agent. Often used in combination:
Elegant; refined
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  1. Elegant; refined
  2. Refined, elegant.
  3. Refined or sophisticated:
Raised to be well-mannered and refined.
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  1. Raised to be well-mannered and refined.
  2. Alternative form of well-bred.
  3. Born to parents considered to be of good stock. Used of animals.
Artificially developed.
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  1. Artificially developed.
  2. Produced under artificial and controlled conditions:
  3. Educated, polished, and refined; cultivated.
Polite and courteous in a smooth, polished way; refined
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  1. Polite and courteous in a smooth, polished way; refined
  2. Polite, refined, and often elegant in manner.
Consciously thoughtful and observant (often of other people); caring
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  1. Consciously thoughtful and observant (often of other people); caring
  2. Having or showing regard for others and their feelings; thoughtful
  3. Characterised by careful and conscious thought; deliberate
Characterized by gracious consideration toward others.
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  1. Characterized by gracious consideration toward others.
  2. Showing regard or thought for others; especially, displaying good manners or etiquette.
Smartly or boldly stylish; dashing:
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  1. Smartly or boldly stylish; dashing:
  2. Polite and attentive to women in a courtly way
  3. Having to do with love; amorous
Showing great care; careful or meticulous:
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  1. Showing great care; careful or meticulous:
  2. Expressing care or concern for another:
  3. Showing great attention or concern to another:
Engrossed in thought:
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  1. Engrossed in thought:
  2. Heedful, careful, attentive, etc.; esp., considerate of others; kind
  3. Exhibiting or characterized by careful thought:
Of ordinary citizens or ordinary community life as distinguished from the military or the ecclesiastical:
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  1. Of ordinary citizens or ordinary community life as distinguished from the military or the ecclesiastical:
  2. (Law) Of or according to Roman civil law or modern civil law
  3. Of, relating to, or befitting a citizen or citizens:
Characterized by gracious consideration toward others.
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  1. Characterized by gracious consideration toward others.
  2. Showing regard or thought for others; especially, displaying good manners or etiquette.
Having or showing the good taste and refinement associated with polite society; elegant, fashionable, etc.
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  1. Having or showing the good taste and refinement associated with polite society; elegant, fashionable, etc.
  2. Elegantly stylish or fashionable:
  3. Aristocratic
Having or showing good manners; well-behaved; polite; courteous
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  1. Having or showing good manners; well-behaved; polite; courteous
Born to parents considered to be of good stock. Used of animals.
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  1. Born to parents considered to be of good stock. Used of animals.
  2. Alternative form of well-bred.
  3. Raised to be well-mannered and refined.
Alternative spelling of well-mannered.
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  1. Alternative spelling of well-mannered.
  2. Polite; courteous.
  3. Having good manners; polite, courteous, and socially correct; conforming to standards of good behaviour.
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Exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging.
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  1. Exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging.

Synonym Study

  • Gallant suggests a dashing display of courtesy, esp. to women her gallant lover
  • Chivalrous implies disinterested courtesy toward women or devotion to the cause of the weak
  • Civil implies merely a refraining from rudeness keep a civil tongue in your head
  • Courteous suggests a still more positive and sincere graciousness toward others that springs from an inherent thoughtfulness always courteous to strangers
  • Polite suggests a positive observance of etiquette in social behavior it is not polite to interrupt
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