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- Well-mannered, civilized.
- It's not polite to use a mobile phone in a restaurant.
- 1733, Alexander Pope, Epistle to Bathurst:
- He marries, bows at court, and grows polite.
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.
- (obsolete) Smooth, polished, burnished.
- 1704, I[saac] N[ewton], “(please specify |book=1 to 3)”, in Opticks: Or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. […], London: […] Sam[uel] Smith, and Benj[amin] Walford, printers to the Royal Society, […], →OCLC:
- rays of light […] falling on […] a polite surface
- See also Thesaurus:polite
- John A. Simpson and Edmund S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “polite”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN.
- “polite”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “polite”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
polite f pl
- “polite”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- “polite”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers