Courtesy meaning

kûrtĭ-sē
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A polite, helpful, or considerate act or remark.
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Given or done as a polite gesture.

We paid a courtesy visit to the new neighbors.

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Free of charge.

Courtesy tickets for the reporters.

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Given or done as a polite gesture.

Paid a courtesy visit to the new neighbors.

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The definition of courtesy is polite behavior and the showing of proper manners or is a polite and socially proper act.

An example of courtesy is when you shake hands politely when you meet someone and say please and thank you.

An example of a courtesy is the practice of saying thank you.

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An act or usage intended to honor or compliment.

A former legislator addressed as “Senator” by courtesy.

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The event planners offered courtesy tickets for the reporters.

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Of or having to do with courtesy or a courtesy.
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Courteous behavior; gracious politeness.
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Provided free as a courtesy; complimentary.
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(uncountable) Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.

They call this pond a lake by courtesy only.

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(uncountable) Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.

They received free advertising through the courtesy of the local newspaper.

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(obs.) A curtsy.
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(uncountable) Polite behavior.

Please extend them the courtesy of your presence.

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(countable) A polite gesture or remark.

I offered them a ride simply as a courtesy.

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Alternative form of curtsey.
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courtesy of
  • without charge, as a gesture of goodwill
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of courtesy

  • Middle English courtesie from Old French from corteis courtly courteous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English curtesie, from Anglo-Norman curtesie, from Old French curteisie, cortoisie.

    From Wiktionary