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"Urbanidad" is a noun which is often translated as "courtesy", and "civismo" is a noun which is often translated as "public-spiritedness". Learn more about the difference between "urbanidad" and "civismo" below.
urbanidad
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (general)
a. courtesy
Me parece indispensable enseñar a los muchachos sobre respeto y urbanidad.I think it's essential to teach young people about respect and courtesy.
b. urbanity
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
En cualquier sociedad, hay reglas de urbanidad que se deben seguir.In any society, there are urbanity rules you need to follow.
c. politeness
Afortunadamente, Diego se comportó con urbanidad frente a los invitados.Fortunately, Diego behaved with politeness in front of the guests.
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (sense of civic responsibility)
a. public-spiritedness
Los miembros de la unión de inquilinos son ciudadanos respetuosos de la ley que fomentan el civismo.The members of the tenants union are law-abiding citizens and encourage public-spiritedness.
2. (politeness)
a. civility
Los fascistas mostraron un comportamiento agresivo y falta de civismo.The fascists exhibited aggressive behavior and a lack of civility.
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