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  • adv. In a courteous manner; with obliging civility or condescension; politely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a courteous manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a courteous manner; with obliging civility or condescension; politely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a polite manner


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courteous +‎ -ly


  • He had stated his terms courteously, but firmly, from the first.

    Ruined City

  • “Go, I will pay you to-morrow,” said Aziz to the driver, and as they went off he called courteously, “You are most welcome, ladies.”

    A Passage To India

  • In the same moment, he heard his name courteously sounded; and, to his pleased surprise, saw Don Benito advancing -- an unwonted energy in his air, as if, at the last moment, intent upon making amends for his recent discourtesy.

    The Piazza Tales

  • It can flourish only when there are still occasional pockets of the population who behave well – that is to say courteously, decorously and without leaving glistening lumps ofphlegm wherever they go – to replenish the stocks during the day.

    Lucy Mangan: The sound of the suburbs

  • Mrs. Makebelieve understood also that the big man's action was merely his energetic surrender, as of one who, instead of tendering his sword courteously to the victor, hurls it at him with a malediction; and that in assaulting their friend he was bidding them farewell as heartily and impressively as he was able.

    Mary, Mary

  • And the Captains Three called courteously from deck to scuttle-butt: --

    Verses 1889-1896

  • Said my friend on GChat, who I was "courteously" keeping updated on my first experience with the game.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • He had received word from a big wig somewhere along the line, and now the Ryans were to be 'courteously' escorted off the premises.

    Dangerous Lady

  • He entreated Paul "courteously," showing in many ways a friendly regard for him.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • I happen to disagree with nearly everything Robert has said, and a large portion of what Novalis has said, but for the most part they’ve expressed themselves courteously, which is more than can be said of Littleviolet, Alsis, Molly, etc.

    Various open pages on my desktop


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