respectful

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

Definition of respectful

: marked by or showing respect or deference

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

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Examples of respectful in a Sentence

the children were remarkably respectful while in the president's office
Recent Examples on the Web Taking their cues from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with whom Trump has a respectful, if not particularly close, relationship, GOP senators fell in line to block new witnesses and documents in the trial. Author: Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump barrels into 2020 campaign, emboldened after acquittal," 6 Feb. 2020 Taking their cues from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with whom Trump has a respectful, if not particularly close, relationship, GOP senators fell in line to block new witnesses and documents in the trial. Jonathan Lemire, Fortune, "Trump unleashes fury at impeachment enemies during National Prayer Breakfast speech," 6 Feb. 2020 Taking their cues from Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, with whom Trump has a respectful, if not particularly close, relationship, GOP senators fell in line to block new witnesses and documents in the trial. Jonathan Lemireand Zeke Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump barrels into 2020 campaign, emboldened after acquittal," 5 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, the captain of the ship nimbly repositioned us, giving both the port and starboard sides prime viewing, at a safe and respectful distance from the animals. Susan B. Barnes, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Time to Cruise to Alaska Will Surprise You," 30 Jan. 2020 Is the restaurant respectful not just of its customer, but of its neighborhood? Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Food matters here: Why we’re searching for a new Dallas Restaurant Critic," 24 Jan. 2020 News and Views Current Events Discussion Group: Join moderator Skip Jacobs and others for an intimate, intellectual and respectful discussion on local and worldwide current events. chicagotribune.com, "Calendar: Sign language club meeting Saturday in Antioch," 10 Dec. 2019 The tone of the conversation was warm and respectful throughout, and there was an overall sense of appreciation for everyone having taken the time to be there. Julia Fine, Teen Vogue, "5 Ways Climate Activism Could Make You Happier," 4 Dec. 2019 Gwen is respectful not only in her words but in her actions as well. Jennifer Shapiro-sacks, sun-sentinel.com, "Character Counts: Eagles Landing Middle student dedicated to success," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Respectful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/respectful. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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respectful

adjective
How to pronounce respectful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of respectful

: showing or having respect

respectful

adjective
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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