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 The vast majority of customers who come into the Sam's Club in Fullerton, California, are courteous and respectful, said associate Sandy Jensen. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "When store workers are forced to turn sheriff," 20 May 2020 Wearing masks is a duty; people who don’t do it are irresponsible, heartless, not respectful. Tony Bravo,, "Mask the rage: How to talk to people who don’t wear face coverings," 16 May 2020 Combine the ideas of your parents of being mindful and respectful and amplify that with an outdoor voice. Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times, "‘Chinese virus’ and other COVID-19 racism have designers, stylists of Asian heritage pushing back," 8 May 2020 Boller was approachable and particularly respectful of senior noncommissioned officers. Sig Christenson,, "Brent Boller, Air Force spokesman and San Antonio radio personality, dies at 63," 5 May 2020 City leaders are asking residents to follow social distancing and be respectful of others while utilizing open areas such as trails and fields. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Richardson’s Sherrill Park Golf Course closed following updated coronavirus guidelines," 15 Apr. 2020 Rosiello said the plan was to be safe, short and respectful. Chris Mayhew,, "Green Twp. honors WWII vet's 100 birthday despite coronavirus pandemic," 10 Apr. 2020 The basic outlines are set out by the UN’s International Labor Organization (ILO) and are pretty simple: pay living wages, don’t use child or forced labor, provide safe and respectful working environments, etcetera. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "The Dark Secrets Lurking Inside Your Outdoor Gear," 21 Feb. 2020 Tombs, for example, were built not in secluded, respectful spaces, but in high-traffic parts of the city. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Analysis of Pompeii’s Garbage Suggests the Ancient Romans Recycled, Too," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Respectful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of respectful

: showing or having respect


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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