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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Courtesy  \Cour"te*sy\  (k?r"t?-s?),  n.;  pl  {Courtesies}  (-s?z). 
  [OE.  cortaisie  corteisie  courtesie,  OF  curteisie 
  cortoisie  OF  curteisie  cortoisie  F.  courtoisie  fr 
  curteis,  corteis.  See  {Courteous}.] 
  1.  Politeness;  civility;  urbanity;  courtliness. 
  And  trust  thy  honest-offered  courtesy,  With  oft  is 
  sooner  found  in  lowly  sheds,  With  smoky  rafters, 
  than  in  tapestry  walls  And  courts  of  princes,  where 
  it  first  was  named  And  yet  is  most  pretended. 
  Pardon  me  Messer  Claudio,  if  once  more  I  use  the 
  ancient  courtesies  of  speech.  --Longfellow. 
  2.  An  act  of  civility  or  respect;  an  act  of  kindness  or  favor 
  performed  with  politeness. 
  My  lord,  for  your  many  courtesies  I  thank  you 
  3.  Favor  or  indulgence,  as  distinguished  from  right  as  a 
  title  given  one  by  courtesy. 
  {Courtesy  title},  a  title  assumed  by  a  person,  or  popularly 
  conceded  to  him  to  which  he  has  no  valid  claim;  as  the 
  courtesy  title  of  Lord  prefixed  to  the  names  of  the 
  younger  sons  of  noblemen. 
  Syn:  Politiness;  urbanity;  civility;  complaisance; 
  affability;  courteousness;  elegance;  refinement; 
  courtliness;  good  breeding.  See  {Politeness}.