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

With Diana Taurasi ready to return from back surgery next week, the Phoenix Mercury can get to a respectable .500 in her absence in their last game without her on Sunday. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Phoenix Mercury aiming to reach .500 in expected final game without Diana Taurasi," 29 June 2019 Newcastle finished in a respectable 13th place this past season. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: The Rapids are going to “take the L” against LAFC," 28 June 2019 In 1938, the Tenderloin was in decline but was still a respectable neighborhood, its residential hotels and apartments housing a cross-section of working-class residents, from longshoremen to bartenders to secretaries. Gary Kamiya,, "San Francisco scenic treasure that locals overlook," 28 June 2019 There's a reason for some optimism after FC Cincinnati's last outing, a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy that could have been a rout but ended up as one of Cincinnati's more respectable outings in recent weeks. Pat Brennan,, "Shorthanded FC Cincinnati looking to continue MLS progress at Minnesota United FC," 27 June 2019 So some people have eschewed that word in favor of alternatives with more respectable undertones. Time, "Was Stonewall a Riot, an Uprising or a Rebellion?," 24 June 2019 But Harris and Booker (two senators who have been overshadowed in recent months by the rise of Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg) will first have to maintain their credibility with respectable showings in Iowa and New Hampshire. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Waist-Deep in the ‘Big Muddle’," 24 June 2019 Woodland rallied to shoot a respectable 3-under 69 in Friday's second round. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Rocket Mortgage Classic leaderboard: Round 2 from PGA Tour in Detroit," 23 June 2019 Finding shabby abodes like these and making them respectable is the load-bearing wall of Amherst’s strategy. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Meet the A.I. Landlord That’s Building a Single-Family-Home Empire," 21 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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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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