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Definition of "courtesy" []

  • Polite behavior. (noun)
  • A polite gesture or remark. (noun)
  • Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence: They call this pond a lake by courtesy only. (noun)
  • Willingness or generosity in providing something needed: free advertising through the courtesy of the local newspaper. (noun)
  • Given or done as a polite gesture: paid a courtesy visit to the new neighbors. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "courtesy" in a sentence
  • "Shall do a courtesy to our wrath] _To do a courtesy_ is to gratify, to comply with."
  • "Latin courtesy is a highly refined art, of which exaggeration is a part."
  • "It appears this "sub-horizonal" outrage will be allowed to stand without explanation, so, to help JMA's readership understand "sub-horizonal" here's some occurrences of the term courtesy of Google; chevron folds which have been overturned towards the south by subsequent sub-horizonal simple shear intensely folded with the sheet dip typically sub-horizonal or inclined gently"