re·​spect·​able | \ ri-ˈspek-tə-bəl How to pronounce respectable (audio) \

Definition of respectable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : worthy of respect : estimable
2 : decent or correct in character or behavior : proper
3a : fair in size or quantity a respectable amount
b : moderately good : tolerable
4 : fit to be seen : presentable respectable clothes



Definition of respectable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a respectable person

Other Words from respectable


respectability \ ri-​ˌspek-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce respectable (audio) \ noun
respectableness \ ri-​ˈspek-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce respectable (audio) \ noun
respectably \ ri-​ˈspek-​tə-​blē How to pronounce respectable (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for respectable

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of respectable in a Sentence

Adjective She comes from a very respectable family. no respectable dietician would advise people to eat just one kind of food
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Often, that comes in the form of comments from white fans that her boisterous energy or manner of speaking somehow don’t create a respectable-enough image. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 23 June 2022 That said, the A770M could still be a respectable performer. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 22 June 2022 In his 13 seasons as a Pacer, Foster carved out a respectable career as a valuable rebounder. Joel Lorenzi, The Indianapolis Star, 21 June 2022 The movie received 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a respectable score although far below the rest of the films in this beloved franchise. Morayo Ogunbayo, ajc, 20 June 2022 Daniel Lee, a city historian, said the pair intentionally located their enterprise outside the city limits of what would have then been D.C., in part to keep away from the more respectable businesses closer to the Potomac River. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 18 June 2022 Colin Firth’s Peterson is respectable but slightly redundant. Molly Fischer, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 The Celtics finished a shade behind the Heat in the NBA standings during the regular season, posting a respectable 51-31 record and claimed the No. 2 seed in a three-way tiebreaker. Alex Kay, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The crazy idea of building jets in Alabama now has a respectable track record. al, 3 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shaken respectables thought the Paris Commune had crossed the Atlantic. Sean Wilentz, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of respectable


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1814, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2022

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“Respectable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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re·​spect·​able | \ ri-ˈspek-tə-bəl How to pronounce respectable (audio) \

Kids Definition of respectable

1 : decent or correct in conduct : proper They're respectable people.
2 : fit to be seen : presentable Wear something respectable.
3 : deserving high regard She acted in a respectable manner.
4 : fair in size or quantity We collected a respectable amount.

Other Words from respectable

respectably \ -​blē \ adverb

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