[ ri-spekt-fuhl ]
/ rɪˈspɛkt fəl /


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


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Origin of respectful

First recorded in 1590–1600; respect + -ful

OTHER WORDS FROM respectful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for respectful

/ (rɪˈspɛktfʊl) /


full of, showing, or giving respect

Derived forms of respectful

respectfully, adverbrespectfulness, noun
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