re·​spect·​able | \ ri-ˈspek-tə-bəl How to pronounce respectable (audio) \

Definition of respectable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : worthy of respect : estimable
2 : decent or correct in character or behavior : proper
3a : fair in size or quantity a respectable amount
b : moderately good : tolerable
4 : fit to be seen : presentable respectable clothes



Definition of respectable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a respectable person

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respectability \ ri-​ˌspek-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce respectability (audio) \ noun
respectableness \ ri-​ˈspek-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce respectableness (audio) \ noun
respectably \ ri-​ˈspek-​tə-​blē How to pronounce respectably (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for respectable

Synonyms: Adjective

esteemed, estimable, name, prestigious, recognized, reputable, reputed, respected

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of respectable in a Sentence


She comes from a very respectable family. no respectable dietician would advise people to eat just one kind of food

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But that’s not enough to make the Raiders’ pass rush anywhere close to respectable. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Three takeaways from the Raiders’ joint practices with the Rams," 9 Aug. 2019 Wrap up your day at La Factoria, a quirky and playful (and very locally famous) speakeasy in the Old City, or change into respectable duds and head to Condado for a swanky sip and dinner above the sand at Oceano. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Spend 72 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico," 6 Aug. 2019 American citizens deserve respectful, respectable and law-abiding leaders. Dallas News, "Letters - Misled or forewarned? Readers give their take on the Mueller hearing," 4 Aug. 2019 That really doesn’t change anything with regard to the rebuilding effort, since there is more future value in having the worst record in the major leagues than finishing a slightly more respectable 27th or 28th overall. Peter Schmuck,, "After quiet trade deadline, it’s time for Orioles to consider keeping Trey Mancini long-term," 31 July 2019 The fantasy comedy, which features new versions of hit Beatles songs, earned a respectable $17 million in its opening weekend and has grossed over $110 million worldwide since its June 28 release. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "Disney Dominates—and Other Takeaways From the Summer Box Office So Far," 31 July 2019 In the CIF Southern Section Western Team Divisional at Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Pomona, Burroughs had a respectable fourth-place finish. Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader, "Looking back: Burroughs volleyball, soccer teams, golfers lead way in 2018-19," 26 July 2019 Author, journalist, and love-expert-next-door Demetria L. Lucas warmed out hearts last night with a story that was no parts ratchet, all parts respectable. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "This Beauty Influencer's Dad Just Made Us Gush With How He Shows His Support," 25 July 2019 So Britton built a simple site and populated it with easy-to-skim stats on stars like Rhianna, Tom Hanks, and Jennifer Lawrence, hoping the site would become a respectable home for information on A-listers. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "A Wikipedia for Generation Z," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shaken respectables thought the Paris Commune had crossed the Atlantic. Sean Wilentz, New York Times, "When Corruption and Venality Were the Lifeblood of America," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of respectable


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1814, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of respectable

: considered to be good, correct, or acceptable : decent or correct in character, behavior, or appearance
: fairly good


re·​spect·​able | \ ri-ˈspek-tə-bəl How to pronounce respectable (audio) \

Kids Definition of respectable

1 : decent or correct in conduct : proper They're respectable people.
2 : fit to be seen : presentable Wear something respectable.
3 : deserving high regard She acted in a respectable manner.
4 : fair in size or quantity We collected a respectable amount.

Other Words from respectable

respectably \ -​blē \ adverb

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