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

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 According to analysts at Berenberg, UK GDP grew at a respectable annual rate of 2.4% in the three years leading up to the June 2016 Brexit referendum. Charles Riley, CNN, "Britain is risking a car-crash Brexit of food shortages, another recession and isolation," 12 Sep. 2020 Austin Ekeler makes fans forget about Melvin Gordon, and the defense goes from being respectable to being elite. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Why all 32 NFL teams could – and why they won't – win Super Bowl LV," 11 Sep. 2020 After finishing dead last by a long shot in offensive DVOA in 2018, the Cardinals ranked a respectable 13th last year. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals will have biggest turnaround in NFL in 2020 season," 11 Sep. 2020 This is a respectable appliance that impressed us with its ability to quickly and quietly cool an area while drawing as little current as possible. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This 'Cold Tube' Sucks Your Body Heat to Keep You Cool," 11 Sep. 2020 Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a TD later in the quarter to make the final score a bit more respectable. Dave Skretta, Houston Chronicle, "Texans open NFL season with loss to Chiefs," 10 Sep. 2020 There is, however, something respectable and clarifying about its commitment to acerbity. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "RIP, Laika: Space Dogs Will Break Your Heart," 7 Sep. 2020 And too often, especially during the pandemic, this otherwise respectable way of comprehending and coping with the inevitability of death has been used to excuse irresponsible personal behavior. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Our Summer of American Nihilism," 4 Sep. 2020 The Swift 3's cooling system is respectable without particularly standing out. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Acer Swift 3 with Ryzen 4700U—a budget laptop punching above its class," 2 Sep. 2020 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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18 Sep 2020

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“Respectable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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