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English definition of “gracious”


adjective (PLEASANT)    /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs/
behaving in a pleasant, polite, calm way: a gracious smile He was gracious enough to thank me. The losing team were gracious in defeat.Behaving wellKind and thoughtful graciously     /-li/ adverb She graciously accepted the flowers that were presented to her.Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful graciousness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful
(Definition of gracious adjective (PLEASANT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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