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English definition of “polite”

polite

adjective
 
 
/pəˈlaɪt/
A2 behaving in a way that is not rude and shows that you do not only think about yourself: I'm afraid I wasn't very polite to her. She was too polite to point out my mistake.Polite and respectfulPolite and respectfulManners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful
politely adverb B1 He thanked them politely. politeness noun [U]
(Definition of polite from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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