Definition of polite in English:

polite

Syllabification: po·lite
Pronunciation: /pəˈlīt
 
/

adjective (politer, politest)

Derivatives

politely

adverb
More example sentences
  • With a smile, politely hand your method of payment to the person manning the counter.
  • I politely smiled and excused myself since it was time for the next session of the soirée.
  • Its roof can politely be described as a victory for design over function.

politeness

noun
More example sentences
  • Yet when does this politeness, this so-called consideration become mere insipidity?
  • He was an extremely popular young man, who was renowned for his politeness and manners.
  • They want lessons in politeness, courtesy, and most of all the correct way to drive a car in traffic.

Origin

late Middle English (in the Latin sense): from Latin politus 'polished, made smooth', past participle of polire.

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