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Meaning of “polite” in the English Dictionary

"polite" in British English

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politeadjective

uk   us   /pəˈlaɪt/
A2 behaving in a way that is ​sociallycorrect and ​showsunderstanding of and ​care for other people's ​feelings: I'm ​afraid I wasn't very polite to her. She ​sent me a polite ​letterthanking me for my ​invitation. He was too polite to ​point out my ​mistake. sociallycorrectrather than ​friendly: polite ​conversationpolite society/company old-fashioned or humorous people who have been ​taught how to ​behave in a ​sociallycorrect way: Sex never used to be ​discussed in polite ​society.

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politeness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of polite from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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politeadjective

 us   /pəˈlɑɪt/
behaving in a way that is ​sociallycorrect and ​showsrespect for other people’s ​feelings: She was too polite to ​point out my ​mistake.
politely
adverb  us   /pəˈlɑɪt·li/
He politely ​asked them to ​leave.
politeness
noun [U]  us   /pəˈlɑɪt·nəs/
With ​unfailing politeness he ​answeredtheirquestions.
(Definition of polite from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “polite”
in Korean 공손한, 예의바른…
in Arabic مُؤَدَّب…
in Malaysian sopan…
in French poli…
in Russian вежливый…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有禮貌的, 斯文的,文雅的…
in Italian educato, cortese…
in Turkish kibar, nazik, terbiyeli…
in Polish uprzejmy, grzeczny…
in Spanish educado…
in Vietnamese lịch sự…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 有礼貌的, 斯文的,文雅的…
in Indonesian sopan…
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