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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
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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  • Kerlman laid his fat thumb on the table and regarded it respectfully.

    Unfinished Portraits Jennette Lee
  • "I didn't sleep on guard, sir," interposed Richard, mildly and respectfully.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • Singapore respectfully salutes you, and is very glad that you can't see him as he now appears.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Even the hand that I had taken in mine was respectfully withdrawn!

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • The woman's eyes, which had been respectfully studying her face, brightened with a relief which made her communicative.

    The Golden Slipper Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for respectfully

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 respectfully

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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