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In this lesson, we are going to look at vocabulary words that denote polite behavior. These words are civil, courteous, and cordial. Each of these words means “polite,” but are used in more nuanced and specific ways than simply saying “polite.” When you act civil toward another person, you are polite, but in a rather cold and formal way. Two people who don’t like each other may act civil, but not friendly, toward one another.

If you want to say “genuinely polite and considerate,” you should use the word courteous. When someone is described as courteous, it implies that the person has good manners and consideration for others.

The word cordial goes beyond the word courteous when speaking about politeness and good manners. Someone who is cordial with others is polite, and also warm and friendly. Cordial can also be somewhat formal, especially when used as an adverb. An invitation to a party or event may say, “You are cordially invited,” which means, “You are formally (and warmly) invited.”

So, if you were asked how you feel about your new coworker, and the two of you were polite, but didn’t particularly like each other, you may reply, “We’re civil to one another.”

If you were describing someone who is genuinely polite and considerate, you would say the person is courteous.

And if you were describing a warm, though somewhat formal, relationship between two people, you would describe it as cordial.

Greg Ragland
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