[ ri-spek-tuh-buhl ]
/ rɪˈspɛk tə bəl /


worthy of respect or esteem; estimable; worthy: a respectable citizen.
of good social standing, reputation, etc.: a respectable neighborhood.
suitable or good enough to be seen or used: respectable clothes; respectable language.
of moderate excellence; fairly good; fair: a respectable performance.
appreciable in size, number, or amount: a respectable turnout.

Origin of respectable

First recorded in 1580–90; respect + -able

OTHER WORDS FROM respectable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for respectable

/ (rɪˈspɛktəbəl) /


having or deserving the respect of other people; estimable; worthy
having good social standing or reputation
having socially or conventionally acceptable morals, standards, etca respectable woman
relatively or fairly good; considerablea respectable salary
fit to be seen by other people; presentable

Derived forms of respectable

respectability or rare respectableness, nounrespectably, adverb
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