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Polite behaviour

courtesy

noun

polite behaviour that shows respect for people in social situations

tact

noun

a careful way of speaking or behaving that avoids upsetting other people

chivalry

noun

polite and kind behaviour by which men show respect to women

civility

noun

polite behaviour

grace

noun

kind, polite, and fair behaviour

gentility

noun

a polite way of behaving, considered typical of people belonging to a high social class

decorum

noun

polite behaviour

breeding

noun

polite behaviour, especially behaviour that is thought to be connected with the type of family that you come from

gallantry

noun

extremely polite and helpful treatment of a woman by a man

chivalry

noun

the qualities of being polite and honest and having honour that were expected of a knight (=a man trained to fight while riding a horse in the past)

hostile architecture

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

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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