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respectful

[ri-spekt-fuh l] /rɪˈspɛkt fəl/
adjective
1.
full of, characterized by, or showing politeness or deference:
a respectful reply.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; respect + -ful
Related forms
respectfully, adverb
respectfulness, noun
quasi-respectful, adjective
quasi-respectfully, adverb
unrespectful, adjective
unrespectfully, adverb
unrespectfulness, noun
Synonyms
courteous, polite, decorous, civil, deferential.
Antonyms
discourteous, disrespectful.
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Examples from the web for respectful
  • My parents raised me to be kind and respectful to others.
  • Students know that they need to be respectful and cooperative or they will lose points.
  • Please stay on topic and be respectful of other readers.
  • We remain committed to constant improvement and transparency in the service of sound, respectful science.
  • Or alternatively, smaller males withdraw to a respectful distance and dig tunnels of their own.
  • The resulting changes remain respectful to the design of the original home.
  • Because he is so respectful of everyone, of the little guys, the guys you don't hear about.
  • It seems fairly respectful and is accurate: each has their own extent of teaching and own terms of employment.
  • Our philosophy is that vigorous and respectful adventure travel can help sustain and repair a region.
  • If you design video games for example, you may call yourself a programmer or computer engineer to sound more respectful.
British Dictionary definitions for respectful

respectful

/rɪˈspɛktfʊl/
adjective
1.
full of, showing, or giving respect
Derived Forms
respectfully, adverb
respectfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for respectful
adj.

1580s, "characterized by respect" (implied in respectfully), from respect (n.) + -ful. Meaning "full of outward civility" attested from 1680s. Related: Respectfulness.

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