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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Polite  \Po*lite"\,  a.  [Compar.  {Politer};  superl.  {Politest}.] 
  [L.  politus  p.  p.  of  polire  to  polish:  cf  F.  poli.  See 
  {Polish},  v.] 
  1.  Smooth;  polished.  [Obs.] 
  Rays  of  light  falling  on  a  polite  surface.  --Sir  I. 
  2.  Smooth  and  refined  in  behavior  or  manners;  well  bred; 
  courteous;  complaisant;  obliging;  civil. 
  He  marries,  bows  at  court,  and  grows  polite.  --Pope. 
  3.  Characterized  by  refinement,  or  a  high  degree  of  finish; 
  as  polite  literature.  --Macaulay. 
  Syn:  Polished;  refined;  well  bred;  courteous;  affable; 
  urbane;  civil;  courtly;  elegant;  genteel. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Polite  \Po*lite"\,  v.  t. 
  To  polish;  to  refine;  to  render  polite.  [Obs.]  --Ray. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  showing  regard  for  others  in  manners,  speech,  behavior,  etc 
  [ant:  {impolite}] 
  2:  marked  by  refinement  in  taste  and  manners;  "cultivated 
  speech";  "cultured  Bostonians";  "cultured  tastes";  "a 
  genteel  old  lady";  "polite  society"  [syn:  {civilized},  {cultivated}, 
  {cultured},  {genteel}] 
  3:  not  rude;  marked  by  satisfactory  (or  especially  minimal) 
  adherence  to  social  usages  and  sufficient  but  not 
  noteworthy  consideration  for  others  "even  if  he  didn't 
  like  them  he  should  have  been  civil"-  W.S.  Maugham  [syn:  {civil}] 
  [ant:  {uncivil}] 

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