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.

Origin of respectability

First recorded in 1775–85; respectable + -ity
Related formsnon·re·spect·a·bil·i·ty, noun, plural non·re·spect·a·bil·i·ties.pre·re·spect·a·bil·i·ty, nounsem·i·re·spect·a·bil·i·ty, nounsu·per·re·spect·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·re·spect·a·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for respectability

propriety, honesty, decency, virtue, reputability

Examples from the Web for respectability

Contemporary Examples of respectability

Historical Examples of respectability

  • Of course, there was no such search for him as is made for the man of respectability and position.

  • And after the striking of the blow, this respectability was continued in immobility and silence.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Officialdom is their divinity and respectability their key to life.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • A sort of New England respectability and quietness hung over it.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • Dignity and respectability have ruined alike the historian and the biographer.

    James Boswell

    William Keith Leask

Word Origin and History for respectability

1785, from respectable + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper