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Definitions of courtesy

  1. a courteous or respectful or considerate remark
  2. a courteous or respectful or considerate act
  3. a courteous manner
  4. Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness.
  5. An act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor performed with politeness.
  6. Favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy.
  7. An act of civility, respect, or reverence, made by women, consisting of a slight depression or dropping of the body, with bending of the knees.
  8. To make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. ( with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes.
  9. To treat with civility.
  10. Politeness combined with kindness; an act of civility.
  11. A gesture of greeting or respect.
  12. To make such a gesture. Also, curtsey, curtsy.
  13. Courtliness: elegance of manner: an act of civility or respect.
  14. The gesture of salutation or respect performed by women by slightly depressing the body and bending the knees.
  15. To make a courtesy:- pr. p. courtesying; pa. p. courtesied.
  16. A gesture of salutation made by women.
  17. Elegance or politeness of manner; civility.
  18. To make a courtesy.
  19. An old- time gesture of civility or respect, somewhat resembling a bow, made by women; a curtsy.
  20. Genuine politeness; courtliness; a courteous favor or act. curtesy.
  21. Politeness of manners, especially accompanied with kindness and some degree of dignity; an act of civility or respect; an act of kindness done with politeness; a favour. Tenure by courtesy, or curtesy, where a man who has married a woman seized of an estate of inheritance, and has by her issue born alive which was capable of inheriting her estate, on the death of his wife holds the lands for his life.
  22. The act of salutation or respect on the part of a lady by slightly bending the body and the knees.
  23. Politeness of manners combined with kindness; civility; an act of civility or respect; favour not by right.
  24. An act of respect or reverence paid by a woman.
  25. To perform an act of respect, & c., as a woman.
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Usage examples for courtesy

  1. He had not the courtesy to remove his hat in the presence of the woman, nor to take the big cigar he was smoking from his mouth. – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  2. You never were a gentleman, and ordinary courtesy and respect for a woman are unknown to you, but surely you have a heart somewhere within you. – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  3. If the remarks were addressed to him, they were always answered with stern courtesy. – By Desert Ways to Baghdad by Louisa Jebb
  4. She was too fresh from city life to have fallen into the habit of speaking to strangers easily and as a matter of country courtesy. – Starr, of the Desert by B. M Bower
  5. Nevertheless she sank in a deep courtesy before him. – Peggy Owen and Liberty by Lucy Foster Madison
  6. The girl Chou Nu slipped in, offered a timid courtesy, and awaited his leave to speak. – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance
  7. The ship's bunkers were refilled with coal, a proceeding which barred the Alabama from again receiving the same courtesy in any British port for three months. – Cruise and Captures of the Alabama by Albert M. Goodrich
  8. If so, the fellows who come after him are likely to treat us with scant courtesy. – With Axe and Rifle by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. As for Madame Putiphar- she made herself quite at home at the Mirotaines', and, after making a courtesy, she lost no time in asking: " Haven't they come yet?" – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  10. The past was wiped clean of all save courtesy and kindness. – The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox
  11. But, maiden, grant one farewell courtesy. – Theocritus by Theocritus
  12. No apology has the power to make good a failure in courtesy. – The Education of American Girls by Anna Callender Brackett
  13. They were received by the Duke with great courtesy. – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009
  14. Margaret's eyes avoided his countenance much less frequently than the eyes of her parents; but then he rarely looked at her in return- rarely looked at her at all, except when common courtesy obliged him to do so. – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  15. The girl made a low courtesy. – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf
  16. Whereupon Dave, quite in the dark, assented from sheer courtesy. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  17. Interrupting another's conversation is a serious breach of courtesy. – The Etiquette of To-day by Edith B. Ordway
  18. When the Doctor returned he found everything ready for his breakfast, and he stopped to greet Maria kindly, as he always did, for aside from his habit of rather old- fashioned courtesy she was a great favorite of his. – Lola by Owen Davis
  19. He had not even the courtesy to answer her letter, in which she had pleaded for a meeting. – The Imaginary Marriage by Henry St. John Cooper
  20. No, no; but it should be treated with courtesy. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
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