courtesy

[[t]kɜ͟ː(r)tɪsi[/t]]
courtesies
1) N-UNCOUNT Courtesy is politeness, respect, and consideration for others. [FORMAL]

...a gentleman who behaves with the utmost courtesy towards ladies...

He did not even have the courtesy to reply to my fax.

Syn:
politeness
Ant:
rudeness
2) N-SING: usu the N of -ing/n If you refer to the courtesy of doing something, you are referring to a polite action. [FORMAL]

By extending the courtesy of a phone call to my clients, I was building a personal relationship with them...

At least if they're arguing, they're doing you the courtesy of being interested.

3) N-COUNT: usu pl Courtesies are polite, conventional things that people say in formal situations. [FORMAL]

Hugh and John were exchanging faintly barbed courtesies.

Syn:
formalities
4) ADJ: ADJ n Courtesy is used to describe services that are provided free of charge by an organization to its customers, or to the general public.

A courtesy shuttle bus operates between the hotel and the town.

...a courtesy phone.

5) ADJ: ADJ n A courtesy call or a courtesy visit is a formal visit that you pay someone as a way of showing them politeness or respect.

The President paid a courtesy call on Emperor Akihito.

6) N-UNCOUNT: N n, by N A courtesy title is a title that someone is allowed to use, although it has no legal or official status.

Both were accorded the courtesy title of Lady...

My title, by courtesy only, is the Honourable Amalia Lovell.

7) PHR-PREP If something is provided courtesy of someone or by courtesy of someone, they provide it. You often use this expression in order to thank them.

The waitress brings over some congratulatory glasses of champagne, courtesy of the restaurant...

Illustrations by courtesy of the National Gallery.

8) PHR-PREP If you say that one thing happens courtesy of another or by courtesy of another, you mean that the second thing causes or is responsible for the first thing.

The air was fresh, courtesy of three holes in the roof...

As millions will have seen, by courtesy of the slow motion re-runs, the referee made a mistake.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • courtesy — [kʉrt′ə sē; ] for 4 [, kʉrt′sē] n. pl. courtesies [ME courteisie < OFr curteisie: see COURTEOUS] 1. courteous behavior; gracious politeness 2. a polite, helpful, or considerate act or remark 3. an act or usage intended to honor or compliment… …   English World dictionary

  • Courtesy — Cour te*sy (k?r t? s?), n.; pl. {Courtesies} ( s?z). [OE. cortaisie, corteisie, courtesie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, F. courtoisie, fr. curteis, corteis. See {Courteous}.] 1. Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Courtesy — comes from old french courteis (12th century) is gentle politeness and courtly manners. In the Middle Ages in Europe, the behaviour expected of the gentry was compiled in courtesy books. One of the most influential of these was Il Cortegiano (The …   Wikipedia

  • courtesy — courtesy, amenity, attention, gallantry are comparable when they denote a manner or an act which promotes agreeable or pleasant social relations. Courtesy suggests consideration for others or deference (as to their rank, sex, or age); it usually… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • courtesy — ► NOUN (pl. courtesies) 1) courteous behaviour. 2) a polite speech or action, especially one required by convention. ● (by) courtesy of Cf. ↑courtesy of …   English terms dictionary

  • Courtesy — Courte sy (k[^u]rt s[y^]), n. [See the preceding word.] An act of civility, respect, or reverence, made by women, consisting of a slight depression or dropping of the body, with bending of the knees. [Written also {curtsy} and {curtsey}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • courtesy — [n1] good manners address, affability, amenities, amiability, attentiveness, ceremony, chivalry, civility, comity, complaisance, consideration, cordiality, courteousness, courtliness, cultivation, culture, deference, elegance, familiarity, favor …   New thesaurus

  • Courtesy — Courte sy, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Courtesied} ( s[i^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Courtesying}.] To make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Courtesy — Courte sy, v. t. To treat with civility. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • courtesy — I noun affability, amenity, amiability, chivalry, civility, comitas, comity, complaisance, consideration, cordiality, courteous conduct, courteousness, courtliness, deference, elegance of manners, etiquette, excellence of behavior, friendliness,… …   Law dictionary

  • courtesy — early 13c., curteisie, from O.Fr. curteisie (Mod.Fr. courtoisie), from curteis courteous (see COURTEOUS (Cf. courteous)). A specialized sense of curteisie is the source of English CURTSY (Cf. curtsy) …   Etymology dictionary

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