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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Courteous'

Courteous Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    courteous adj
  1. exhibiting courtesy and politeness; "a nice gesture" [syn: gracious, nice]
  2. characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners; "if a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world"-Francis Bacon [ant: discourteous]
Courteous Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Courteous \Cour"te*ous\ (k?r"t?-?s; 277), a. [OE. cortais, corteis, cortois, rarely corteous, OF. corties, corteis, F. courtois. See Court.] Of courtlike manners; pertaining to, or expressive of, courtesy; characterized by courtesy; civil; obliging; well bred; polite; affable; complaisant. A patient and courteous bearing. --Prescott. His behavior toward his people is grave and courteous. --Fuller.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Courteous'

Etiquette ( /ˈɛtɪkɛt/ or /ˈɛtɪkɪt/) is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group. The French word étiquette, literally signifying a tag or label first appeared in English around 1750.

Like culture, etiquette is a word that has gradually grown to become plural, especially in a multi-ethnic society with many clashing expectations. Thus, it is now possible to refer to "an etiquette" or "a culture", realizing that these may not be universal. In Britain, the word "etiquette" has been described as the one word that aptly describes life during the reign of queen Victoria.

Rules of etiquette encompass most aspects of social interaction in any society, though the term itself is not commonly used. A rule of etiquette may reflect an underlying ethical code, or it may reflect a person's fashion or status. Rules of etiquette are usually unwritten, but aspects of etiquette have been codified from time to time.

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* Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. - George Washington

* Be courteous to all, but intimate with few and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. - George Washington

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