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Definition of genteel:

  1. Graceful in mien or form; elegant in appearance, dress, or manner; as, the lady has a genteel person. Law.
  2. Possessing or exhibiting the qualities popularly regarded as belonging to high birth and breeding; free from vulgarity, or lowness of taste or behavior; adapted to a refined or cultivated taste; polite; well- bred; as, genteel company, manners, address.
  3. Suited to the position of lady or a gentleman; as, to live in a genteel allowance.


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