noun, plural re·spect·a·bil·i·ties for 3.
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Respectability awaits even iconoclasts if they stick around long enough.Prince Returns From the Wilderness and, Thankfully, Is as Restless as Ever|Keith Phipps|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Somehow, a bold and eccentric encampment gave heart to progressives at all levels of respectability.Progressive-palooza: On Obama, Occupy, and Moral Monday|Jedediah Purdy|July 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or, to put this another way, the person who puts her hope in respectability is like the foolish man who built his house on sand.Bill O’Reilly to Blacks: Stop Listening to ‘Gangsta’ Music!|Jamelle Bouie|February 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Queen Victoria was the mother of the new era of respectability, but her father Edward, Duke of Kent, had a mistress for 25 years.Oral History: The Sex Lives of the Kings and Queens of England|Tom Sykes|July 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She was in fact a satirist of society, and of its notions of respectability.
Some of these victims will compare in respectability of conduct with any whom I now have the honor to address.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume X (of 20)|Charles Sumner
You surely would not have had a young lady of respectability appear in public, in this way, Mr. Legge.Satanstoe|James Fenimore Cooper
I felt at last that I might lay some claim to respectability.Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
Masters were seen driving their own drays; and ladies of respectability and ample means were obliged to cook the family dinner.A Source Book Of Australian History|Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
I suppose English respectability would simply make them smile—if, indeed, they believed in it.My War Experiences in Two Continents|Sarah Macnaughtan