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[ri-spek-tuh-bil-i-tee] /rɪˌspɛk təˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural respectabilities for 3.
the state or quality of being respectable.
respectable social standing, character, or reputation.
a respectable person or persons.
respectabilities, things accepted as respectable.
Origin of respectability
1775-85; respectable + -ity
Related forms
nonrespectability, noun, plural nonrespectabilities.
prerespectability, noun
semirespectability, noun
superrespectability, noun
unrespectability, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for respectability
  • In short, laboring folks who sought or had achieved some measure of stability and respectability.
  • These nannies in white lab coats are diminishing their own respectability.
  • Desperate to feel rich and important, they tend to be excellent mimics of respectability.
  • The narrator's life is suffused with the fear that his father will fall from his precarious perch of respectability.
  • Benefiting from the implication of respectability, is the obvious answer.
  • It is said that despite its outward appearance of respectability, it is happy to promote bogus treatments.
  • They gained a sense of respectability through treating other people well, even as they resisted what was wrong.
  • It takes you to that boundary where respectability ends and darkness starts to fall, as desire gets out of hand.
  • It was a milestone in the long journey back toward respectability.
  • Ordinarily, such a proposal would have been laughed out of town, but now it's been transformed into respectability.
Word Origin and History for respectability

1785, from respectable + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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