- 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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Examples from the Web for respectably
I've two sisters, respectably married and living in another part of the state.The Straw
But what had maintained me respectably was now found inadequate to the support of us both.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
I was dressed and lived as a gentleman, or rather I should say respectably.Japhet in Search of a Father
It was respectably attended in point of character as well as of numbers.
There were seven children; and they were all educated most respectably.The Bertrams
- 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
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Word Origin and History for respectably
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