Definition of by courtesy in English:

by courtesy


  • As a favour rather than by right.

    ‘he was not at the conference only by courtesy’
    • ‘‘In five ways should a wife be ministered to by her husband: by respect, by courtesy, by faithfulness, by giving her authority (in the home), by providing her with adornments’.’
    • ‘The veteran correspondent adds, ‘The Senate was run by courtesy, all right - like a longshoreman's union.’’
    • ‘The plaintiff, in advising counsel for the defendants by courtesy that he was bringing an ex parte motion for substitutional service against him, did not allow for sufficient time for a response to his motion.’
    • ‘At present I am called captain only by courtesy - I am dependent on upon the courtesy of a parcel of damned scrubs, much as surgeons are by courtesy called Doctor.’
    • ‘The reason was simple: the fathers of the leaders of the conservatives, being high cadres, were working class by courtesy - although few of them were actually so in family origin.’
    • ‘Whereas taxi drivers look at you blankly when you demand to be taken to somewhere that serves booze, ‘art students’ are bound by courtesy and their knowledge of English to help you.’
    • ‘‘I spoke at the meeting,’ he said, ‘but I had to say I had no legal standing and I was there only by courtesy.’’
    benevolence, kindness, generosity, indulgence, favour, consideration, consent, permission
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