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

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of respectable in a Sentence

Adjective 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 Sanders, the Vermont senator, had hoped for a respectable showing in Mississippi thanks to his popularity among young, black Democrats. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden holds Mississippi, continuing sweep of Southern states," 10 Mar. 2020 His grim determination, which bore fruit in a respectable showing during the October war of 1973, when Egypt seized back lost territory, won him notice from above. The Economist, "The soldier’s tale Hosni Mubarak, ex-despot of Egypt, died on February 25th, aged 91," 27 Feb. 2020 There are certain elements that simply must be part of the package, or else the new Bronco's legacy will be about as respectable as George Lucas's godawful prequel trilogy. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Bronco: Get the Inside Story Before the Official Reveal," 9 Jan. 2020 Michigan moment: The movie earned a more-than-respectable $3 million in limited screenings across the Midwest. Julie Hinds,, "These are the 50 most essential movies set in Michigan," 12 Dec. 2019 Although its 443ms average is slower than Plume's 237ms, this is still a perfectly respectable figure—particularly in comparison to Nest Wi-Fi. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Amazon’s inexpensive Eero mesh Wi-Fi kit is shockingly good," 5 Dec. 2019 In terms of the competition, Hong Kong had a respectable showing in the opening day of the World Cup, despite a series of unanticipated issues, including an hour delay due to a fire drill evacuation in the middle of four matches. Washington Post, "Amid BlizzCon protest, Team Hong Kong’s Overwatch World Cup stay is short but sweet," 1 Nov. 2019 The events in Pullman defied belief, but the Pac-12 emerged from the non-conference season with a more than respectable showing. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Another key recruit leaves the Pac-12, another statement (on officials) from the Pac-12," 23 Sep. 2019 Forwards David Pastrnak and Sean Kuraly both have respectable showings. Nicole Yang,, "For Bruins, deep playoff runs become a hairy situation," 9 June 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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The first known use of respectable was in 1599

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“Respectable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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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