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courteous

adjective uk   /ˈkɜː.ti.əs/ us    /ˈkɝː.t̬i-/
C2 polite and showing respect: Although she often disagreed with me, she was always courteous.
courteously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
He's always behaved courteously toward my family.
Translations of “courteous”
in Korean 공손한…
in Arabic لَبِق, دَمِث…
in French poli…
in Turkish kibar, saygılı, nazik…
in Italian cortese…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有禮貌的, 謙恭有禮的…
in Russian любезный, учтивый…
in Polish uprzejmy…
in Spanish amable, educado, cortés…
in Portuguese cortês…
in German höflich…
in Catalan cortès…
in Japanese 礼儀正しい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有礼貌的, 谦恭有礼的…
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