Polite meaning

pə-līt
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The definition of polite is someone or something that exhibits consideration for others and socially acceptable behavior.

An example of someone who would be described as polite is a person who always says please and thank you.

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Having or showing culture or good taste; polished; cultured; refined.

Polite society, polite letters.

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It's not polite to use a mobile phone in a restaurant.

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Having or showing good manners; esp., courteous, considerate, tactful, etc.
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Refined; elegant.

Polite society.

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Marked by or showing consideration for others and observance of accepted social usage.
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(obsolete) To polish; to refine; to render polite.

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Origin of polite

  • Middle English polit polished from Latin polītus past participle of polīre to polish polish

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

  • From Latin politus (“polished"), past participle of polire (“to polish"); see polish.

    From Wiktionary