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respectable

[ri-spek-tuh-buh l] /rɪˈspɛk tə bəl/
adjective
1.
worthy of respect or esteem; estimable; worthy:
a respectable citizen.
2.
of good social standing, reputation, etc.:
a respectable neighborhood.
3.
suitable or good enough to be seen or used:
respectable clothes; respectable language.
4.
of moderate excellence; fairly good; fair:
a respectable performance.
5.
appreciable in size, number, or amount:
a respectable turnout.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; respect + -able
Related forms
respectableness, noun
respectably, adverb
nonrespectable, adjective
nonrespectableness, noun
nonrespectably, adverb
prerespectable, adjective
quasi-respectable, adjective
quasi-respectably, adverb
semirespectable, adjective
superrespectable, adjective
superrespectableness, noun
superrespectably, adverb
ultrarespectable, adjective
ultrarespectably, adverb
ultrarespectableness, noun
unrespectable, adjective
Synonyms
1. honorable. 4. middling, passable.
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British Dictionary definitions for respectable

respectable

/rɪˈspɛktəbəl/
adjective
1.
having or deserving the respect of other people; estimable; worthy
2.
having good social standing or reputation
3.
having socially or conventionally acceptable morals, standards, etc: a respectable woman
4.
relatively or fairly good; considerable: a respectable salary
5.
fit to be seen by other people; presentable
Derived Forms
respectability, (rare) respectableness, noun
respectably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for respectable
adj.

"worthy of esteem," 1580s; see respect (v.) + -able. Sense of "having an honest reputation" is from 1755. That of "occupying a fairly good position in society" is c.1800. Related: Respectably.

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