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English definition of “pleasantry”

pleasantry

noun [C usually plural]     /ˈplez.ən.tri/ formal
a polite and often slightly humorous remark, usually made to help other people feel relaxed: After exchanging pleasantries, the delegation revealed the purpose of their visit.Informal talking and conversation
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