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

Other Words from respectable


respectability \ ri-​ˌspek-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce respectable (audio) \ noun
respectableness \ ri-​ˈspek-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce respectable (audio) \ noun
respectably \ ri-​ˈspek-​tə-​blē How to pronounce respectable (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 Even without Scherzer, deGrom and Megill, the Mets’ rotation is respectable: Bassitt, Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker, Trevor Williams and David Peterson. New York Times, 19 May 2022 Their defense spending is respectable and aligned with NATO objectives. James Stavridis, Time, 18 May 2022 What to expect: On paper, the Texas offense was downright respectable in 2021. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2022 Golden State is respectable on the glass, but the Warriors do allow 9.8 offensive rebounds per game, while sitting just 18th-best in opponent defensive rebounding percentage. Xl Media, cleveland, 3 May 2022 To see him now a changed man is a matter of pride for Bonilla, as a respectable man admired by others, reaching out to veterans who, like him, suffer from the aftermath of war. Javier Arce,, 8 May 2022 Brunson/Dinwiddie/Bullock/Finney-Smith/Powell is respectable. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 Its acceleration could easily be beaten by a modern family hauler, like a Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV, but the 2000GT’s speed was respectable, if not amazing, in its time. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 Any respectable man would not take money from a relationship to pay his mortgage and give nothing in return. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shaken respectables thought the Paris Commune had crossed the Atlantic. Sean Wilentz, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2017 See More

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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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“Respectable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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