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Definition of polite adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (politer, politest) more polite and most polite are also common
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  1. 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
  2. 2socially correct but not always sincere I don't know how to make polite conversation. The performance was greeted with polite applause.
  3. 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.
adverb The receptionist smiled politely.
noun [uncountable] He stood up out of politeness and offered her his seat.
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