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name for the codes of rules governing social or diplomatic intercourse. These codes vary from the more or less flexible laws of social usage (differing according to local customs or taboos) to the rigid conventions of court and military circles, and they extend to the legal, medical, and other professions. All cultures include forms of etiquette; often, etiquette has been used to enforce class distinctions, as well as safeguarding against conflict in social interactions.


See J. Martin, Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (1983); E. Post, Emily Post's Etiquette (15th ed. 1992); Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette (ed. by N. Tuckerman, 1995).

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He listens in his subdued, courteous way; but he makes no inquiries about our relatives; he shows no interest in the arrival of the Government yacht and the Commissioner for Northern Lights.
He was beloved by all the countryside, for he was kindly and courteous to all, and was "aye the gentleman.
And once more his heart warmed toward the courteous stranger.
She couldn't get old; and across the table her thirty-year-old son who couldn't get sleep sat listening with courteous detachment and the narrowest possible line of white underlining his silky black moustache.
He said that Inspector General of Police Sultan Azam Temuri had stressed for courteous attitude with citizens and to address their complaints on immediate basis.
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He also told government officials and employees to shape up, and be courteous to the public, as he vowed to make the bureaucracy more efficient and eliminate delays in the processing of papers and documents.
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This time they're to protest at schools' Islamisation, although their overall inability to string sentences together makes them strange upholders of educational standards, Why is it these marchers are a byword for drunken disorder when, in Hong-Kong, marchers seeking elections free of Chinese intervention, are sober, orderly and courteous to the point of sharing their packed lunches with patrolling HK police?
In these cases, it's considered courteous to cancel IFR as soon as you can so that anybody waiting behind you can begin their approach.
Senior Immigration Assistant Choi Fung-hau has been elected Hong Kong's most courteous immigration control officer.