Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being polite; smoothness; polish; finish; elegance.
  • noun Good breeding; polish or elegance of mind or manners; refinement; culture; ease and grace of behavior or address; courteousness; complaisance; obliging attentions.
  • noun Synonyms Courtesy, civility, urbanity, suavity, courtliness. See polite.

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

  • noun rare High finish; smoothness; burnished elegance.
  • noun The quality or state of being polite; refinement of manners; urbanity; courteous behavior; complaisance; obliging attentions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being polite.

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

  • noun a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage
  • noun the act of showing regard for others

Etymologies

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polite +‎ -ness

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