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

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

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of respectable in a Sentence


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

The gains for older workers are respectable, but smaller—24% for those aged 35-54, and 8% for those 55 and up. Adam Rasmi, Quartz at Work, "It pays to move abroad—especially if you’re under 35," 9 July 2019 After two months of stumbling down flights of stairs and dipping expensive shoes into mud puddles, the Giants are unmistakably respectable and entertaining. Bruce Jenkins,, "The Giants are fun again, and that’s half the battle," 5 July 2019 That’s very respectable for a special election in June, but another reminder that the November race for the same state Senate seat will attract far more voters. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin special elections: Five takeaways in races that saw Democrats win one and GOP win another," 13 June 2018 With Diana Taurasi ready to return from back surgery next week, the Phoenix Mercury can get to a respectable .500 in her absence in their last game without her on Sunday. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Phoenix Mercury aiming to reach .500 in expected final game without Diana Taurasi," 29 June 2019 Newcastle finished in a respectable 13th place this past season. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: The Rapids are going to “take the L” against LAFC," 28 June 2019 In 1938, the Tenderloin was in decline but was still a respectable neighborhood, its residential hotels and apartments housing a cross-section of working-class residents, from longshoremen to bartenders to secretaries. Gary Kamiya,, "San Francisco scenic treasure that locals overlook," 28 June 2019 There's a reason for some optimism after FC Cincinnati's last outing, a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy that could have been a rout but ended up as one of Cincinnati's more respectable outings in recent weeks. Pat Brennan,, "Shorthanded FC Cincinnati looking to continue MLS progress at Minnesota United FC," 27 June 2019 So some people have eschewed that word in favor of alternatives with more respectable undertones. Time, "Was Stonewall a Riot, an Uprising or a Rebellion?," 24 June 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


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1814, in the meaning defined above

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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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