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respectable

adjective re·spect·able \ ri-ˈspek-tə-bəl \
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

Definition of respectable

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

respectability

play \ri-ˌspek-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

respectableness

play \ri-ˈspek-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun

respectably

play \ri-ˈspek-tə-blē\ adverb

Examples of respectable in a Sentence

  1. She comes from a very respectable family.

  2. no respectable dietician would advise people to eat just one kind of food

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First Known Use of respectable

1599

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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respectable Synonyms

Phrases

up to snuff;


2

respectable

noun

Definition of respectable

: a respectable person

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First Known Use of respectable

1814

in the meaning defined above

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RESPECTABLE Defined for English Language Learners

respectable

Definition of respectable for English Language Learners

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

  • : fairly good


RESPECTABLE Defined for Kids

respectable

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

Definition of respectable for Students

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.

respectably

\-blē\ adverb


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