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 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 Kerryon Johnson is a good asset in pass protection, but the Lions deserve credit for spending two second-round picks and taking a chance on signing an old free agent to cobble together a respectable run game. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Yes, Matt Patricia deserves credit for Detroit Lions' H-U-G-E victory over Jags," 19 Oct. 2020 The Steelers are perfect, the Browns (8-3) are perfectly respectable. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: 10 things from Cincinnati Bengals' loss to New York Giants," 4 Apr. 2021 The battery life of 7-10 days is respectable for a smartwatch in this affordable price range. Jeff Harper,, "Best cheap smartwatches," 29 Mar. 2021 Last month, Ford sold 3,739 Mach E’s, a tiny number compared with the tens of thousands of pickup trucks the company sells every month but respectable for an electric car. New York Times, "Tesla’s Stock Tumbles Amid Sales Worries and Market Volatility," 5 Mar. 2021 Lovecraft’s worldview was influenced by other writers, men who were not working, like him, in the trenches of genre fiction, but who were advocating national and world policies through seemingly respectable nonfiction books. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, "The Shadow Over H.P. Lovecraft," 19 Mar. 2021 The new chip is an attractive HPC platform and a respectable chip for AI training workloads. Karl Freund, Forbes, "Competitive Landscape Excerpt: AMD," 19 Mar. 2021 The Cavs went 2-of-18 from 3-point range in the first half, having to fight uphill before finishing a more respectable 10-of-35 overall. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ frustration builds in fourth straight loss to Miami Heat, 113-98," 17 Mar. 2021 But the game has starting slowing for Jones, who is the perfect lob-catching, glass-cleaning, respectable floor-spacing complement to an offense dominated by its three starting guards. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas' Shaka Smart makes lineup change ahead of NCAA Tournament," 16 Mar. 2021 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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10 May 2021

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“Respectable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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