respectable

adjective
re·spect·able | \ ri-ˈspek-tə-bəl \

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

respectable

noun

Definition of respectable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a respectable person

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Other words from respectable

Adjective

respectability \ri-ˌspek-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
respectableness \ri-ˈspek-tə-bəl-nəs \ noun
respectably \ri-ˈspek-tə-blē \ adverb

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

Take, for example, a pair of drivers who each posted respectable finishes in Sunday’s race. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar racing with its new aero kits is 'awesome,' or perhaps 'bland'," 9 July 2018 Not even the team's general manager, Al Avila, knows if a respectable offer will land in his lap before the July 31 trading deadline. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers bet on Michael Fulmer can pay off in ace or prospects," 9 July 2018 And the wine list includes such respectable, easy-on-the-wallet bottles as a Joel Gott 815 Cabernet. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Stanford Kitchen a welcome addition to Owings Mills dining scene," 5 July 2018 Loomer gives respectable PayPal journalists a bad name. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Hack ‘Journalist’ Files Assault Charges Against Maxine Waters," 27 June 2018 Fisher has raised a respectable $31,000 this year, according to campaign finance records. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: What's Mayor John Cranley's next step in politics? See which office it won't be," 22 June 2018 The average round-trip ticket is a respectable $171, the lowest Independence Day airfare in five years, the AAA data show. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "4th of July Travel Weekend to Be the Busiest on the Road, Ever," 21 June 2018 Yet even here the club has struggled to balance between being cool enough to draw customers and respectable enough to keep the inspectors at bay. Chris Buckley And Adam Wu, New York Times, "First Rule of Chinese Fight Club: No Karaoke," 8 Feb. 2018 The final two months of the season represent a good test for a young club with designs on a respectable finish. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres mailbag: Why wasn't Jhoulys Chacin traded?," 3 Aug. 2017

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

Adjective

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1814, in the meaning defined above

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respectable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of respectable

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

: fairly good

respectable

adjective
re·spect·able | \ ri-ˈspek-tə-bəl \

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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