noun, plural re·spect·a·bil·i·ties for 3.

the state or quality of being respectable.
respectable social standing, character, or reputation.
a respectable person or persons.
respectabilities, things accepted as respectable.

Nearby words

  1. resourceful,
  2. resources,
  3. resp.,
  4. respawn,
  5. respect,
  6. respectability politics,
  7. respectable,
  8. respectant,
  9. respected,
  10. respecter

Origin of respectability

First recorded in 1775–85; respectable + -ity

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for respectability



1785, from respectable + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper