politely

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
po•lite /pəˈlaɪt/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -lit•er, -lit•est. 
  1. showing good manners;
    courteous:a polite reply.
  2. refined or cultured:polite society.
po•lite•ly, adv.: "I'd be honored to come,'' he answered politely.
po•lite•ness, n. [uncountable]See -poli-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
po•lite  (pə līt),USA pronunciation adj.,  -lit•er, -lit•est. 
  1. showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.;
    courteous;
    civil:a polite reply.
  2. refined or cultured:polite society.
  3. of a refined or elegant kind:polite learning.
po•litely, adv. 
po•liteness, n. 
  • Latin polītus, past participle of polīre to polish
  • late Middle English 1400–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged well-bred, gracious. See  civil. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged urbane, polished, poised, courtly, cultivated.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rude.

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