- 1having or showing good manners and respect for the feelings of others synonym courteous Please be polite to our guests. We were all too polite to object. opposite impolite
- 2socially correct but not always sincere I don't know how to make polite conversation. The performance was greeted with polite applause.
- 3[only before noun] from a class of society that believes it is better than others “Butt” is not a word we use in polite company.
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NAmE//pəˈlaɪt//(politer, politest) more polite and most polite are also common
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adverb The receptionist smiled politely.
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noun [uncountable] He stood up out of politeness and offered her his seat.