- regarding; concerning.
Origin of respecting
- a particular, detail, or point (usually preceded by in): to differ in some respect.
- relation or reference: inquiries with respect to a route.
- esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability: I have great respect for her judgment.
- deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment: respect for a suspect's right to counsel; to show respect for the flag; respect for the elderly.
- the condition of being esteemed or honored: to be held in respect.
- respects, a formal expression or gesture of greeting, esteem, or friendship: Give my respects to your parents.
- favor or partiality.
- Archaic. a consideration.
- to hold in esteem or honor: I cannot respect a cheat.
- to show regard or consideration for: to respect someone's rights.
- to refrain from intruding upon or interfering with: to respect a person's privacy.
- to relate or have reference to.
- in respect of, in reference to; in regard to; concerning.
- in respect that, Archaic. because of; since.
- pay one's respects,
- to visit in order to welcome, greet, etc.: We paid our respects to the new neighbors.
- to express one's sympathy, especially to survivors following a death: We paid our respects to the family.
- with respect to, referring to; concerning: with respect to your latest request.
Origin of respect
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Examples from the Web for respecting
That being a gentleman and respecting women is a sign of being a failure.What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq
November 6, 2014
There needs to be freedom while respecting the freedoms of others.Julian Casablancas Enters the Void: On the Strokes’ Friction, Why He Left NYC, and Starting Over
October 9, 2014
Respecting release dates has gotten more problematic, of course, with the advent of PDFs, she added.The Strange Leak of the New Exposé ‘Clinton, Inc.’
July 14, 2014
It comes from respecting that you are in a partnership and that also you are an individual as well.What’s So Bad About an Open Marriage?
November 11, 2013
Kevin Fallon on whether the VMAs can strike a balance between courting One Direction fans and respecting the Nirvana nostalgics.VMAs 2013: MTV’s Awards Show, Once Crazy, Is Getting Old
August 22, 2013
He didn't know what satisfaction he could give any gentleman, respecting that family.Little Dorrit
What is your sentiments, Mr. Saunders, respecting Sir George?Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Much has been said respecting the cause of Mirabeau's death.
Now tell the jury as nearly as you can what was said respecting him there.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
You said all that and preached about respecting her wish and all that sort of thing.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- concerning; regarding
- an attitude of deference, admiration, or esteem; regard
- the state of being honoured or esteemed
- a detail, point, or characteristic; particularhe differs in some respects from his son
- reference or relation (esp in the phrases in respect of, with respect to)
- polite or kind regard; considerationrespect for people's feelings
- (often plural) an expression of esteem or regard (esp in the phrase pay one's respects)
- to have an attitude of esteem towards; show or have respect forto respect one's elders
- to pay proper attention to; not violateto respect Swiss neutrality
- to show consideration for; treat courteously or kindly
- archaic to concern or refer to
Word Origin and History for respecting
late 14c., "relationship, relation; regard, consideration," from Old French respect and directly from Latin respectus "regard, a looking at," literally "act of looking back (or often) at one," noun use of past participle of respicere "look back at, regard, consider," from re- "back" (see re-) + specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meanings "feeling of esteem excited by actions or attributes of someone or something; courteous or considerate treatment due to personal worth or power" are from 1580s, as is sense of "point, particular feature."
1540s, "to regard," from Middle French respecter "look back; respect; delay," from Latin respectere, frequentative of respicere (see respect (n.). Meaning "treat with deferential regard or esteem" is from 1550s. Sense of "refrain from injuring" is from 1620s. Meaning "have reference to" is from 1560s. Related: Respected; respecting.
To respect the person was "show undue bias toward (or against) based on regard for the outward circumstances of a person;" hence respecter of persons, usually with negative, from Acts x:34, in the 1611 translation.