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[ri-spek-tuh-bil-i-tee] /rɪˌspɛk təˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural respectabilities for 3.
the state or quality of being respectable.
respectable social standing, character, or reputation.
a respectable person or persons.
respectabilities, things accepted as respectable.
Origin of respectability
First recorded in 1775-85; respectable + -ity
Related forms
nonrespectability, noun, plural nonrespectabilities.
prerespectability, noun
semirespectability, noun
superrespectability, noun
unrespectability, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You may know it by the signs of respectability and awesomeness and chaste abundance.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • Some of the businesses he financed were on the border line of respectability.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • The authority, the respectability, the existence of his order were threatened with destruction.

  • Must you restrict yourself to mere 'comfort and respectability'?

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • My father died, and then it might have been supposed that my way to respectability was pretty clear.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
Word Origin and History for respectability

1785, from respectable + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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