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Difference Between Courtesy and Courteous

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Courtesy

Courtesy (from the word courteis, from the 12th century) is gentle politeness and courtly manners. In the Middle Ages in Europe, the behaviour expected of the nobility was compiled in courtesy books.
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Courteous

Characterized by gracious consideration toward others.
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Courtesy

The showing of politeness in one's attitude and behaviour towards others
He treated the players with courtesy and good humour
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Courteous

Showing regard or thought for others; especially, displaying good manners or etiquette.
A courteous gentleman
A courteous gesture
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Courtesy

A curtsy.
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Courteous

Of courtlike manners; pertaining to, or expressive of, courtesy; characterized by courtesy; civil; obliging; well bred; polite; affable; complaisant.
A patient and courteous bearing.
His behavior toward his people is grave and courteous.
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Courtesy

Polite behavior.
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Courteous

Exhibiting courtesy and politeness;
A nice gesture
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Courtesy

A polite gesture or remark.
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Courteous

Characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners;
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world
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Courtesy

Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence
They call this pond a lake by courtesy only.
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Courtesy

Willingness or generosity in providing something needed
Free advertising through the courtesy of the local newspaper.
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Courtesy

Given or done as a polite gesture
Paid a courtesy visit to the new neighbors.
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Courtesy

Free of charge
Courtesy tickets for the reporters.
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Courtesy

(uncountable) Polite behavior.
Please extend them the courtesy of your presence.
He was always known for his grace, kindness, and courtesy to people of every rank.
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Courtesy

(countable) A polite gesture or remark, especially as opposed to an obligation or standard practice.
I offered them a ride simply as a courtesy.
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Courtesy

(uncountable) Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.
They call this pond a lake by courtesy only.
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Courtesy

(uncountable) Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.
They received free advertising through the courtesy of the local newspaper.
[on a label, caption, etc.] Courtesy the Smith Foundation: [e.g.] use of this image was allowed through the courtesy of the Smith Foundation.
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Courtesy

A curtsey.
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Courtesy

(law) The life interest that the surviving husband has in the real or heritable estate of his wife.
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Courtesy

Alternative form of curtsey
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Courtesy

Given or done as a polite gesture.
We paid a courtesy visit to the new neighbors.
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Courtesy

Supplied free of charge.
The event planners offered courtesy tickets for the reporters.
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Courtesy

Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness.
And trust thy honest-offered courtesy,With oft is sooner found in lowly sheds,With smoky rafters, than in tapestry wallsAnd courts of princes, where it first was named,And yet is most pretended.
Pardon me, Messer Claudio, if once moreI use the ancient courtesies of speech.
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Courtesy

An act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor performed with politeness.
My lord, for your many courtesies I thank you.
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Courtesy

Favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy.
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Courtesy

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.
The lady drops a courtesy in token of obedience, and the ceremony proceeds as usual.
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Courtesy

To make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes.
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Courtesy

To treat with civility.
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Courtesy

A courteous or respectful or considerate act
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Courtesy

A courteous or respectful or considerate remark
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Courtesy

A courteous manner
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