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courtesy

noun [U or C] uk   /ˈkɜː.tə.si/ us    /ˈkɝː.t̬ə-/
B2 polite behaviour, or a polite action or remark: You might get on better with your parents if you showed them some courtesy. [+ to infinitive] He could at least have had the courtesy to say sorry. The president welcomed the Queen with the usual courtesies.Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful (by) courtesy of by permission of: Jessie J appears courtesy of Universal Records.Allowing and permitting because of: Did the Conservatives win courtesy of the division of the opposition vote between Labour and the Liberal Democrats?Connecting words which introduce a cause or reason
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