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Polite

polite

adjective

someone who is polite behaves towards other people in a pleasant way that follows all the usual rules of society

civil

adjective

polite, especially in a formal way and without being friendly

correct

adjective

behaving in a way that is considered socially right or polite

courteous

adjective

polite, especially in a formal way

gentlemanly

adjective

a gentlemanly man behaves in a polite way and considers other people’s feelings

chivalrous

adjective

a chivalrous man is polite and kind and shows respect to women

well-mannered

adjective

polite

proper

adjective

behaving in a manner that most people would consider correct and polite

gallant

adjective

a man who is gallant treats women in an extremely polite and helpful way

civilized

adjective

polite and reasonable

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the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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