Polite means showing regards for others in manners, speech, and behavior. Since you are a polite dinner guest, you thank the host for inviting you and, even though you think the chicken is not cooked to perfection, you tell her you are enjoying the meal.

The adjective polite comes from the mid-13th century Latin politus, which means "refined" or "elegant." Showing consideration for others, using tact, and observing social norms are the qualities of being polite. The opposite of polite is rude. Because the poet E.E. Cummings thought imagination is most important, he wrote, “Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.”

Definitions of polite

adj showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.

mannerly, well-mannered
socially correct in behavior
courteous, gracious, nice
exhibiting courtesy and politeness
not polite
brattish, bratty
(used of an ill-mannered child) impolitely unruly
bad-mannered, ill-mannered, rude, unmannered, unmannerly
socially incorrect in behavior
discourteous, ungracious
lacking social graces
so rude and abusive as to be unsuitable for parliament
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adj not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others

rude, uncivil
lacking civility or good manners

adj marked by refinement in taste and manners

polite society”
civilised, civilized, cultivated, cultured, genteel
(used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel

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