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[self-ri-spekt, self-] /ˈsɛlf rɪˈspɛkt, ˌsɛlf-/
proper esteem or regard for the dignity of one's character.
Origin of self-respect
Related forms
self-respectful, self-respecting, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for self-respect
  • Our staff will support each patient as they develop improved self-esteem, self-respect, and family harmony.
  • People in refugee camps can be employed to do this work so they have self-respect and are working with economics.
  • It's no skin off the public's nose but it might make all the difference in terms of self-respect to the mum and her kids.
  • It belongs to the self-respect of intellect to pursue every tangle of thought to its final unravelment.
  • self-respect is an important part of emotional wellness.
  • Self-confidence and self-respect go hand in hand with setting and achieving one's goals.
British Dictionary definitions for self-respect


a proper sense of one's own dignity and integrity
Derived Forms
self-respectful, self-respecting, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-respect

also self respect, "proper regard for and care of the dignity of one's person," 1795, from self- + respect (n.). Related: Self-respecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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