un·​re·​spect·​able ˌən-ri-ˈspek-tə-bəl How to pronounce unrespectable (audio)
: not worthy of or inspiring respect : not respectable
… obviously was not the kind of woman who needed a room for unrespectable reasons.Doris Lessing

Examples of unrespectable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Laura Marsh: Dahl himself had a lot of fun with Mr. Fox, the unrespectable and unrepentant thief. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 15 Mar. 2023 As time goes on, it becomes dominated by more unrespectable things. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, 5 Nov. 2021 But for a kid in Kentucky, Stonewall—even as recounted by White and others who were there—represented, at best, a kind of aspirational gay life, a bevy of uppity queers fighting for their decidedly unrespectable libidinal community. Michelle Tea, Harper's magazine, 22 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1764, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unrespectable was in 1764

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“Unrespectable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrespectable. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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