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[ri-spek-tuh-buh l] /rɪˈspɛk tə bəl/
worthy of respect or esteem; estimable; worthy:
a respectable citizen.
of good social standing, reputation, etc.:
a respectable neighborhood.
suitable or good enough to be seen or used:
respectable clothes; respectable language.
of moderate excellence; fairly good; fair:
a respectable performance.
appreciable in size, number, or amount:
a respectable turnout.
Origin of respectable
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
1. honorable. 4. middling, passable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for respectable
  • All they wanted was a landscape that looked respectable.
  • More than one respectable astronomer claimed to have observed it.
  • To a lot of biologists, aging research has not always been a respectable calling.
  • It's still everywhere from geeky-chic t-shirts to respectable science blogs and magazines.
  • In the meantime, however, human empathy became a respectable study topic.
  • There is a lot of research on parental bias in the reporting process which is why it is not used in a respectable research paper.
  • Still, the author's research seems respectable enough.
  • It is thoughtfully organized and exhibits a respectable balance between data and interpretation.
  • If you don t believe me visit his respectable blog and read for yourself.
  • He wants to make military history respectable by enfolding it into intellectual and cultural history.
British Dictionary definitions for respectable


having or deserving the respect of other people; estimable; worthy
having good social standing or reputation
having socially or conventionally acceptable morals, standards, etc: a respectable woman
relatively or fairly good; considerable: a respectable salary
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

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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