(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. well-behaved or -brought-up; noble, wellborn, gentle; courteous, polished, sauve, polite. See courtesy, nobility.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. courteous, considerate, mannerly; see polite 1 , refined 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
mannerly, cultivated, refined, polite, courteous, civil, gentlemanly, ladylike, polished, groomed, genteel, courtly, gracious, finished, sophisticated.
ANT.: ill-bred, unrefined, coarse, vulgar, uncouth, beastly
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Characterized by discriminating taste and broad knowledge as a result of development or education: civilized, cultivated, cultured, educated, polished, refined, urbane. See CULTURE. 2. Characterized by good manners: civil, courteous, genteel, mannerly, polite, well-mannered. See COURTESY.

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