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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being polite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

polite +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

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