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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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  • Of course, there was no such search for him as is made for the man of respectability and position.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • And after the striking of the blow, this respectability was continued in immobility and silence.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Officialdom is their divinity and respectability their key to life.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • A sort of New England respectability and quietness hung over it.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Dignity and respectability have ruined alike the historian and the biographer.

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
Word Origin and History for respectability

1785, from respectable + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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