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Definition 1: showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc. - [adjective denoting all]

(polite is similar to ...) socially correct in behavior

(polite is similar to ...) exhibiting courtesy and politeness

"a nice gesture"

(... are attributes of polite) a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage

Definition 2: not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where polite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • even if he didn't like them he should have been civil

Synonyms for polite in the sense of this definition

(... are attributes of polite) formal or perfunctory politeness

Definition 3: marked by refinement in taste and manners - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where polite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cultivated speech
  • cultured Bostonians
  • cultured tastes
  • a genteel old lady
  • polite society

Synonyms for polite in the sense of this definition

(polite is similar to ...) (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel

"she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship" "refined people with refined taste"

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