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- n. The characteristic of being courteous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being courteous; politeness; courtesy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being courteous; complaisance.
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Its derivation from _courtoisie_, courteousness, that is, behaviour like that at court, at once shows that it was primarily the reverence paid to a monarch.
Whenever I whine about the deteriorated observance of courteousness, our mannerism as a community and wonder if this is to be blamed on the movies or our upbringing, I get nowhere.
Benjamin Bratt as Che models all the anger, rage, hate and homophobia that could possibly live under the placid courteousness of many people we meet.
Otherwise, week after week, I have been delighted with the courteousness of the students and mentors, as well as the high level at which they function.
He would have been confounded and wounded by the knowledge that some people, including Maddy, suspected that a vein of self-righteousness ran beneath the surface of his public persona, an imperiousness disguised by his elaborate courteousness but hinted at by his detached formality.
His affability and courteousness in several candidate debates made their gentlest criticism of him look unreasonable and indecorous.
But in recent years, many people have noticed that the fan experience lacks the courteousness and civility it once had.
This group was lively, optimistic and opinionated, but with the same underlying kindness and courteousness that characterizes every Mexican of my acquaintance.
That book has themes of loyalty, courteousness, and love.
It made tennis fans melancholy, since Rafa and Roger had been the most sublime rivalry in a generation, memorable for its competitiveness and courteousness.