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 Find an open seat, and be respectful of the seats reserved for passengers with special needs. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "The Red Line launches on Sept. 1. Here's how to ride it," 25 Aug. 2019 If that person’s ex makes contact, wish him or her well and remain respectful and kind. Christen A. Johnson,, "Your friends in a relationship have split, but you like one better. Here’s how to keep both friendships alive.," 14 Sep. 2019 The developers and their proponents, meanwhile, cite the proposal’s preservation of much of the golf course site and warn that alternative development plans may not be so respectful of the site’s natural features. Emily Brindley,, "Avon commission to vote on controversial Nod Road proposal," 9 Sep. 2019 A week ago, Dior published a video on its YouTube channel about how the film sought to ensure the portrayal of native peoples was accurate and respectful. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Dior partnered with a Native American group for its controversial ad. But does it matter?," 30 Aug. 2019 That’s really the idea: to have young people dream again, and dream in a way that is respectful to our current support system. Georgia Frances King, Quartz, "Proof of a successful life isn’t fame—it’s getting something done," 22 Aug. 2019 Come up with something else, ’cause that’s some bulls—. Everybody has been very respectful of your parents. Dave Quinn,, "RHOP: Gizelle Bryant Says It's 'Extremely Difficult' to be Friends with Karen Huger," 18 Aug. 2019 The company released a statement on its website stating that their longstanding policy on the issue is to follow state and local gun laws and to ask customers to be respectful of others while shopping. CBS News, "Woman sues for gun ban in Kroger grocery stores after father's murder," 16 Aug. 2019 Rio de Janeiro is home to all kinds of cultures and religions, so always be kind and respectful to others. National Geographic, "See Rio like a Nat Geo Explorer," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of respectful

1593, in the meaning defined above

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of respectful was in 1593

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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