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

As of Monday night, Alabama was anywhere from a 38 to a 40-point favorite against Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles feature a respectable defense that held Auburn to 24 points last season. Christopher Smith, al, "Why it’s impossible to win money betting on Alabama games," 17 Sep. 2019 The workout room holds equipment and a pool table that would be passed over at any respectable garage sale, but the room is spotless. Catherine Blinder, courant.com, "Firehouse dinner: Cooking, camaraderie and a shared meal at Hartford’s West End Station," 17 Sep. 2019 As A Doll’s House had, Ghosts (1881)—with its revelations of infidelity, syphilis, and incestuous desire in a respectable bourgeois family—caused a scandal. Andrew Katzenstein, Harper's magazine, "The Radical Conservative," 16 Sep. 2019 Her five-day August bus trip through Iowa, the first extended visit of her presidential campaign, drew respectable crowds. Los Angeles Times, "Can Kamala Harris recapture the magic? She gets a shot in Thursday’s debate," 10 Sep. 2019 The idea of all those worlds might seem extravagant or distasteful, but those aren’t respectable scientific objections. Quanta Magazine, "Where Quantum Probability Comes From," 9 Sep. 2019 Well, will the Raiders at least put a respectable team on the field for their walk-off season? Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ departure from Oakland lacks pride, poise, plan," 6 Sep. 2019 Getting Jefferson going: Oregon State sophomore Jermar Jefferson had a respectable first game of 16 carries for 87 yards, a 5.4 yard-per-rush average. oregonlive, "Bootin’ Luton? Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton says he’s willing to run, but more to help out teammates," 4 Sep. 2019 Dallas hasn’t quit; however, going a respectable 4-4 straight up and 5-3 ATS across the past eight outings overall. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Dallas Wings at Connecticut Sun odds, WNBA predictions, picks and best bets," 4 Sep. 2019

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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The first known use of respectable was in 1599

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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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