Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being courteous; complaisance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being courteous; politeness; courtesy.

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  • noun The characteristic of being courteous.

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Examples

  • 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.

    Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects Everyman's Library

  • 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.

    Robert David Jaffee: Ron Artest: Hero for the Mentally Ill and Everyone Else

  • 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.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • His affability and courteousness in several candidate debates made their gentlest criticism of him look unreasonable and indecorous.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • His affability and courteousness in several candidate debates made their gentlest criticism of him look unreasonable and indecorous.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • 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.

    Robert David Jaffee: Ron Artest: Hero for the Mentally Ill and Everyone Else

  • 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.

    Fahad Faruqui: The Lasting Fragrance Of Courtesy

  • 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.

    Robert David Jaffee: Ron Artest: Hero for the Mentally Ill and Everyone Else

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • 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.

    O: A Presidential Novel

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