respectful

adjective

re·​spect·​ful ri-ˈspekt-fəl How to pronounce respectful (audio)
: marked by or showing respect or deference
respectfully adverb
respectfulness noun

Examples of respectful in a Sentence

the children were remarkably respectful while in the president's office
Recent Examples on the Web Those who made it to their seats or standing room areas in time for the openers’ dozen-song set – mostly pulled from Last Splash, which the band did a 30th-anniversary tour for last year – were polite and respectful, but hardly visceral or effusive in response. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 9 Apr. 2024 Additionally important is their comfortability with participating in difficult conversations and engaging in respectful conflict with teammates from different backgrounds. Pauleanna Reid, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Most visitors were respectful, but some trashed the area, camped illegally or partied with drugs. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 People are interested in her story, and not in all lurid, fascinated, tell-me-your-pain terrible way, but in a reverential, respectful way. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Mar. 2024 Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024 Patel offered some respectful counter-arguments; Andreessen responded by blocking him on X. Verdon recently had a three-hour video debate with a German doomer named Connor Leahy, sounding far more composed than his online persona. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Some kids are polite and respectful while others are mean and disruptive. Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal, Parents, 7 Mar. 2024 Duke and the line monitors said that discussion points at the town hall included using inclusive and respectful language, as well as an overview of conduct rules at Krzyzewskiville and at games. Emmanuel Morgan, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of respectful was in 1593

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“Respectful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/respectful. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

respectful

adjective
re·​spect·​ful ri-ˈspekt-fəl How to pronounce respectful (audio)
: marked by or showing respect
a respectful manner
respectful of others
respectfully adverb
respectfulness noun

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