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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cour"te*sy
  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." [Milton.]"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." [Shak.]
  3. Favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy .
    synonyms: Politeness; urbanity; civility; complaisance; affability; courteousness; elegance; refinement; courtliness; good breeding. See Politeness.

Etymology: OE. cortaisie corteisie courtesie, OF. curteisie cortoisie, OF. curteisie cortoisie, F. courtoisie, fr. curteis corteis. See Courteous

noun Courte"sy
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.

Etymology: See the preceding word

verb Courte"sy
To make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes.
verb Courte"sy
To treat with civility.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A courteous or respectful or considerate act
  2. A courteous manner
  3. A courteous or respectful or considerate remark

From Middle English curtesie, from Anglo-Norman curtesie, from Old French curteisie, cortoisie.

  1. (uncountable) Polite behavior.
    Please extend them the of your presence.
  2. (countable) A polite gesture or remark.
    I offered them a ride simply as a .
  3. (uncountable) Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.
    They call this pond a lake by only.
  4. (uncountable) Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.
    They received free advertising through the of the local newspaper.
  5. A curtsey.

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Past life for Courtesy born Jun 8, 1961

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern England approximately on 1125. Your profession was digger and undertaker.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.