respectful

[ ri-spekt-fuhl ]
/ rɪˈspɛkt fəl /

adjective

full of, characterized by, or showing politeness or deference: a respectful reply.

Nearby words

  1. respectability politics,
  2. respectable,
  3. respectant,
  4. respected,
  5. respecter,
  6. respectfully,
  7. respecting,
  8. respective,
  9. respectively,
  10. respects

Origin of respectful

First recorded in 1590–1600; respect + -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for respectful

respectful

/ (rɪˈspɛktfʊl) /

adjective

full of, showing, or giving respect
Derived Formsrespectfully, adverbrespectfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for respectful

respectful

adj.

1580s, "characterized by respect" (implied in respectfully), from respect (n.) + -ful. Meaning "full of outward civility" attested from 1680s. Related: Respectfulness.

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