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English definition of “polite”


adjective uk   /pəˈlaɪt/ us  
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 and respectfulPolite and respectful socially correct rather than friendly: polite conversationBehaving well 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.Behaving well
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
(Definition of polite from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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