[ 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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of respectable

First recorded in 1580–90; respect + -able

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

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British Dictionary definitions for respectably


/ (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 Formsrespectability or rare respectableness, nounrespectably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for respectably



"worthy of esteem," 1580s; see respect (v.) + -able. Sense of "having an honest reputation" is from 1755. That of "occupying a fairly good position in society" is c.1800. Related: Respectably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper