- worthy of respect or esteem; estimable; worthy: a respectable citizen.
- of good social standing, reputation, etc.: a respectable neighborhood.
- suitable or good enough to be seen or used: respectable clothes; respectable language.
- of moderate excellence; fairly good; fair: a respectable performance.
- appreciable in size, number, or amount: a respectable turnout.
Origin of respectable
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1. honorable. 4. middling, passable.
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This was a cousin of Miss Moreton's, a respectable clergyman.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
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She knew that in that quarter everyone is not respectable, but everyone is kind.
She smoked cigarettes, and he could not think that this would have been respectable in any other woman.
- having or deserving the respect of other people; estimable; worthy
- having good social standing or reputation
- having socially or conventionally acceptable morals, standards, etca respectable woman
- relatively or fairly good; considerablea respectable salary
- fit to be seen by other people; presentable
Word Origin and History for respectable
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper