re·​spect·​ful | \ ri-ˈspekt-fəl How to pronounce respectful (audio) \

Definition of respectful

: marked by or showing respect or deference

Other Words from respectful

respectfully \ ri-​ˈspekt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce respectful (audio) \ adverb
respectfulness noun

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the children were remarkably respectful while in the president's office
Recent Examples on the Web Now all this being said, nothing prevents you from having an honest and respectful conversation with your company. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 Some people will find those conversations threatening or uncomfortable, and others will simply be ignorant and need educating on more respectful ways to behave. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2022 Throughout this entire ordeal that was instigated without justification by my sister Dea Berberian, my brother Dean has been unfailingly respectful of me and of my wishes. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 Employers that don’t have clear policies in place, and don’t work to create a respectful, inclusive work culture, can unintentionally foster this type of behavior. Sally Percy, Forbes, 9 June 2022 As a youngster growing up in West Haven, he is described as a respectful and curious boy who enjoyed going to church with an aunt. Hartford Courant, 8 June 2022 The audience members are quiet, attentive, respectful (moviegoers might yelp); for his part, Saul looks ecstatic. New York Times, 2 June 2022 The impact is at once disciplined and spontaneous, respectful and irreverent. Victoria Johnson, ELLE Decor, 1 June 2022 The golden rules of cosplay Being respectful toward cosplayers is key. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of respectful

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of respectful was in 1593

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“Respectful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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re·​spect·​ful | \ ri-ˈspekt-fəl How to pronounce respectful (audio) \

Kids Definition of respectful

: showing high regard or courtesy a respectful manner

Other Words from respectful

respectfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb We kept respectfully silent during the ceremony.

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