View synonyms for respectable


[ ri-spek-tuh-buhl ]


  1. worthy of respect or esteem; estimable; worthy:

    a respectable citizen.

    Synonyms: honorable

  2. of good social standing, reputation, etc.:

    a respectable neighborhood.

  3. suitable or good enough to be seen or used:

    respectable clothes; respectable language.

  4. of moderate excellence; fairly good; fair:

    a respectable performance.

    Synonyms: passable, middling

  5. appreciable in size, number, or amount:

    a respectable turnout.


/ rɪˈspɛktəbəl /


  1. having or deserving the respect of other people; estimable; worthy
  2. having good social standing or reputation
  3. having socially or conventionally acceptable morals, standards, etc

    a respectable woman

  4. relatively or fairly good; considerable

    a respectable salary

  5. fit to be seen by other people; presentable
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • reˈspectably, adverb
  • reˌspectaˈbility, noun
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Other Words From

  • re·specta·ble·ness noun
  • re·specta·bly adverb
  • nonre·specta·ble adjective
  • nonre·specta·ble·ness noun
  • nonre·specta·bly adverb
  • prere·specta·ble adjective
  • quasi-re·specta·ble adjective
  • quasi-re·specta·bly adverb
  • semi·re·specta·ble adjective
  • super·re·specta·ble adjective
  • super·re·specta·ble·ness noun
  • super·re·specta·bly adverb
  • ultra·re·specta·ble adjective
  • ultra·re·specta·bly adverb
  • ultra·re·specta·ble·ness noun
  • unre·specta·ble adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of respectable1

First recorded in 1580–90; respect + -able
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Example Sentences

At the end of the animated Disney movie, as in nearly every version of Mulan written since that sixth-century ballad, Mulan goes back home to her family to resume her life as a daughter, and she picks up a respectable husband for herself.

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Each of the losses — against respectable competition in the Nuggets and Jazz — was by 1 point.

Most ecologists of the era studied respectable animals like birds, bears or wolves, not lowly bacteria.

They want to cleanse him out of respectable politics like a toxin.

Try out these search queries for yourself and you’ll be able to build a respectable list of sites to contribute for.

Again, the reasoning sounds, well, reasonable, and is sourced to a respectable organization, the Samaritans.

Quotes like these suggest myriad reasons for respectable mainstream culture to write off Coffman as one more failed American.

In the respectable guise of religious liberty, the zombie-like Culture War soldiers on.

Despite performing in a respectable amount of sketches for a SNL freshman throughout the season, her contract was not renewed.

For decades, this served as a respectable front for the biggest fencing operation in the history of the country.

You may take my word for it that pigs are far more interesting and far more respectable, though they're expensive, mind you.

If he married that base-born creature Dorothy, no respectable person would ever enter the house.

Occasionally, however, there are the most respectable family parties, including the children whom they won't be parted from.

Has not one with this most respectable weed, this prime havana, the concomitants of a thousand reveries?

He walked away, taking leave of the man as civilly as though he had been a respectable member of society.





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