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polite

adjective uk   us   /pəˈlaɪt/
A2 behaving in a way that is socially correct and shows understanding of and care for other people's feelings: I'm afraid I wasn't very polite to her. She sent me a polite letter thanking me for my invitation. He was too polite to point out my mistake. socially correct rather than friendly: polite conversationpolite society/company old-fashioned or humorous people who have been taught how to behave in a socially correct way: Sex never used to be discussed in polite society.
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politeness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
Translations of “polite”
in Arabic مُؤَدَّب…
in Korean 공손한, 예의바른…
in Malaysian sopan…
in French poli…
in Turkish kibar, nazik, terbiyeli…
in Italian educato, cortese…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有禮貌的, 斯文的,文雅的…
in Russian вежливый…
in Polish uprzejmy, grzeczny…
in Vietnamese lịch sự…
in Spanish educado…
in Portuguese educado, atencioso…
in Thai สุภาพ…
in German höflich…
in Catalan educat, atent, correcte…
in Japanese 礼儀正しい, 丁寧な…
in Indonesian sopan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有礼貌的, 斯文的,文雅的…
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