respectful

adjective
re·​spect·​ful | \ ri-ˈspekt-fəl \

Definition of respectful

: marked by or showing respect or deference

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Other Words from respectful

respectfully \ ri-​ˈspekt-​fə-​lē \ adverb
respectfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for respectful

Synonyms

deferent, deferential, dutiful, regardful

Antonyms

disrespectful, undutiful

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Examples of respectful in a Sentence

the children were remarkably respectful while in the president's office

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Everyone is respectful of each other's boundaries.... Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The 20 Most Graphic and Gorgeous Sex Scenes on TV," 16 Nov. 2018 Any firing or resignation spells immediate uncertainty for an investigation that Rosenstein oversees and would place that responsibility in the hands of a replacement who Democrats fear would be less respectful of Mueller’s independence and mandate. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Rosenstein’s job to be topic of Thursday meeting with Trump," 25 Sep. 2018 Bring your laptop to a local café — remember, though, be respectful of the owners and other patrons. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, "Seven tricks for home office success," 11 July 2018 But several justices suggested that an 1896 opinion invoked by the state to buttress its position had been overtaken by later precedents more respectful of Native American treaty rights. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Kavanaugh Delivers First Supreme Court Opinion as Ginsburg Is Absent," 8 Jan. 2019 Sammy has been touring a lot recently, and finds that house-party crowds are more respectful, and crowds in bars are less attentive and more likely to misgender her. Charlie Jane Anders, Teen Vogue, "7 Trans Performers Share the Challenges They Still Face and Their Hopes for the Future," 17 Dec. 2018 At future tournaments, FIFA hopes hundreds of millions of television viewers worldwide will get a more respectful view of women at games. Fox News, "FIFA wants fewer TV shots of 'hot' female fans in bid to tackle sexism in soccer," 2 Oct. 2018 Among Brazilians who favored respectful, obedient, and good-mannered kids, four times as many chose Bolsonaro. Marc J. Hetherington, Vox, "How you think about raising children says a lot about your political views," 29 Nov. 2018 At future tournaments, FIFA hopes hundreds of millions of television viewers worldwide will get a more respectful view of women at games. Fox News, "FIFA wants fewer TV shots of 'hot' female fans in bid to tackle sexism in soccer," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of respectful

1593, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for respectful

respectful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of respectful

: showing or having respect

respectful

adjective
re·​spect·​ful | \ ri-ˈspekt-fəl \

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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