Definition of politeness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈlaɪtnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈlaɪtnəs//
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  1. 1good manners and respect for the feelings of others synonym courtesy (1) He stood up out of politeness and offered her his seat. opposite impoliteness
  2. 2the fact of being socially correct but not always sincere They welcomed him in with exaggerated politeness.