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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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  • You may know it by the signs of respectability and awesomeness and chaste abundance.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • Of course, there was no such search for him as is made for the man of respectability and position.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • The authority, the respectability, the existence of his order were threatened with destruction.

  • And after the striking of the blow, this respectability was continued in immobility and silence.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • My father died, and then it might have been supposed that my way to respectability was pretty clear.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
Word Origin and History for respectability

1785, from respectable + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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