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courtesy

noun [U or C] uk   /ˈkɜː.tə.si/  us   /ˈkɝː.t̬ə-/
B2 polite behaviour, or a polite action or remark: You might get on better with your parents if you showed them some courtesy. [+ to infinitive] He could at least have had the courtesy to say sorry. The president welcomed her visitors with the usual courtesies.(by) courtesy of by permission of: Jessie J appears courtesy of Universal Records. because of: Did the Conservatives win courtesy of the division of the opposition vote between Labour and the Liberal Democrats?
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