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politeadjective

uk   /pəˈlaɪt/ 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.
polite 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   /pəˈlaɪt.nəs/ us   /pəˈlaɪt.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 socially correct and shows respect 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 answered their questions.
(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, atento, correcto…
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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