respectable

adjective
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

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 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

esteemed, estimable, name, prestigious, recognized, reputable, reputed, respected

Antonyms: Adjective

disreputable

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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

For another, mismatched shoes are an entirely respectable trend that have been a long time coming. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Would You Try Mismatched Shoes? This Might Persuade You," 10 Jan. 2017 Most Read Business Stories His desire to stay in the older quarters speaks to an appreciation of things past, a respectable quality for someone who owes much the achievements of his predecessors. Sarah Ellison, The Seattle Times, "Younger Murdoch take the reins. How will he deal with Trump?," 25 Mar. 2019 Although old, D-30s are cheap and have a respectable range. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Troops Are Training to Operate Cold War-Era Howitzers," 24 Jan. 2019 This month, the Federal Reserve moderately lowered its median projection of next year’s economic growth from 2.5% to a still-respectable 2.3%. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Behind the Market Swoon: The Herdlike Behavior of Computerized Trading," 25 Dec. 2018 The labour of some of the most respectable orders in the society is . . WSJ, "Smith Appreciated Value of Intangible Labor," 27 Nov. 2018 In 46 starts this season, Murray is averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists, while shooting a respectable 45.7 percent. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Ready or not, playoffs approaching for Murray," 10 Apr. 2018 McGillivray and Zhou have a few recommendations: Answering the door for the Seamless delivery man (and looking perfectly respectable while doing so), pruning your bonsai, or cooking paella. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Is This the Comfiest Robe Ever? Introducing Offhours, and Their Wearable Duvet," 19 Oct. 2018 His hand measured a perfectly respectable 9 3/8 inches, which was fourth among the top prospects. cleveland.com, "Josh Allen could break the Combine MPH record, Sam Darnold's hand measures up and more Browns QB buzz," 2 Mar. 2018

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 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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