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 Like any respectable crime drama, Hightown goes back and forth between the opposing forces in the picture, although the boundaries separating them are fuzzy at best. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "An Old-School Crime Drama That’s Thoroughly Modern," 18 May 2020 At least among respectable academic historians, the days of triumphant historical accounts of the greatness of the United States are long past. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, "Is Capitalism Racist?," 18 May 2020 No offense to Trebelhorn, whose teams posted a respectable 52-percent winning percentage in his six seasons, but the team's identity wound up becoming something much more straightforward. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Brewers win 12th straight game on Easter Sunday," 12 May 2020 If Buttigieg or Amy Klobuchar end up with respectable performances, it will be considered a win for those long-shot candidates. Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou,, "Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead of Iowa Caucuses Today," 10 May 2020 His unintentional comedy single-handedly lifts this into respectable territory for me. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor Winners at War recap: Double elimination smackdown!," 7 May 2020 Kerry gave me a respectable trimming, without a bowl. . . Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's not portray the Bengals as benevolent in the Dalton situation," 4 May 2020 Old Dominion cut its respectable wrestling program. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan MAC athletic programs staring at financial crisis after pandemic saps cash flow," 1 May 2020 Such a thing would of course be impossible for a married man living a respectable bourgeois life. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, "Difficulties Everywhere," 27 Apr. 2020 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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

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