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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 respectfully
  • Because water is a precious resource, using it respectfully in the garden is a tradition.
  • Then he sits respectfully at her side while she embroiders a piece of lace.
  • Contestants tended to eye the barrier respectfully: the punishment for false starts was a thrashing from official whip bearers.
  • We respectfully refer all inquiries into a pending criminal matter to the investigating agency.
  • respectfully sir, you call for creative solutions yet reject them before proper consideration.
  • Others respectfully kept their distance from the center yet also refused in the crisis to budge from their places.
  • The lawyer respectfully declined to let his client speak to them.
  • He was respectfully listened to, and got a fair amount of laughs, cheers and applause.
  • The company now treats him much more respectfully and his site has gained a large following.
  • His ideas have generally been respectfully received by those in the field.
British Dictionary definitions for respectfully

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 respectfully

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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