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respectful

[ri-spekt-fuh l] /rɪˈspɛkt fəl/
adjective
1.
full of, characterized by, or showing politeness or deference:
a respectful reply.
Origin of respectful
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; respect + -ful
Related forms
respectfully, adverb
respectfulness, noun
quasi-respectful, adjective
quasi-respectfully, adverb
unrespectful, adjective
unrespectfully, adverb
unrespectfulness, noun
Synonyms
courteous, polite, decorous, civil, deferential.
Antonyms
discourteous, disrespectful.
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  • To the others it seemed that his mind walked with Those Above, and they were respectful of him.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • He wished to see Hinde coming to him in a respectful manner!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • On the whole, they were easily managed, and were respectful and obedient.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • She tells a simple story, in a candid and respectful manner.

  • My most respectful acknowledgements to her for it, and for her very kind admonitions.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for respectful

respectful

/rɪˈspɛktfʊl/
adjective
1.
full of, showing, or giving respect
Derived Forms
respectfully, adverb
respectfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for respectful
adj.

1580s, "characterized by respect" (implied in respectfully), from respect (n.) + -ful. Meaning "full of outward civility" attested from 1680s. Related: Respectfulness.

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