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

Although Big does not have to cut his green hair to appear more respectable for his new job, he is told to enter through the home’s back entrance and is required to literally live with the Daltons. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, ""Native Son" Reflects a World Where Young Black Men Are Often Set Up to Fail," 16 Apr. 2019 Amazon and Google currently lead the smart-speaker market while Microsoft has carved out a respectable niche in tablets. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Big Tech Keeps Trying Its Hand at Hardware," 19 Oct. 2018 Discounting those three appearances, McKay has gone 2-0 with a more respectable 1.42 ERA. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Mariners recall reliever David McKay from Tacoma to aid beleaguered bullpen," 19 May 2019 The film grossed $33 million against an $11.5 million budget and earned respectable, if unremarkable, reviews. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "25 Years Later, the Cast and Crew of Reality Bites Reunites for a Special Screening," 7 May 2019 Online, more than 800,000 people paid to watch it for $10 a stream — a respectable number, even with the million or so people who pirated the fight on Twitch. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Logan Paul’s redemption arc is proceeding exactly as planned," 29 Aug. 2018 Despite his recent struggles, Godley has managed to post respectable strikeout numbers. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks activate third baseman Jake Lamb for Friday's game," 18 May 2018 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

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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