Courtesy is defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary as "behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others". it is an essential component of chivalry and of all standards of decent behavior.
In Modern Society
A key element of conservatism is concern for the loss of courtesy in modern society, and the corrosive effect this has upon the structures of society as a whole. Recognizing that the traditions and mores of courtesy have value and are worth preserving is, by definition, conservative; thus, courtesy is an inherently conservative value.
- Study Love: Doth Not Behave Itself Unseemly, an analytical outline on "doth not behave itself unseemly" (οὐκ ἀσχημονεῖ), which is also translated "is not rude" (ICB, NCV) and "is not ill-mannered" (TEV), in 1 Cor. 13:5.