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mannerly + -ness


  • (Canada) /ˈmænərlinəs/


  1. politeness, good manners
    • 1874, Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd
      ... occasionally showed some earnestness, which consisted half of genuine feeling, and half of mannerliness superadded by way of duty.
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