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respectful

[ri-spekt-fuhl]
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adjective
  1. 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
Related formsre·spect·ful·ly, adverbre·spect·ful·ness, nounqua·si-re·spect·ful, adjectivequa·si-re·spect·ful·ly, adverbun·re·spect·ful, adjectiveun·re·spect·ful·ly, adverbun·re·spect·ful·ness, noun

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Related Words for respectfully

politely, attentively, courteously, ceremoniously, considerately, decorously, reverentially

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Historical Examples of respectfully

  • Martin looked at her respectfully but with profound curiosity.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Kindly tell him that I respectfully desired to be reminded to him.

  • "A young person wishes to see you, sir," he said, respectfully.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • "Yes, sir," he said, so respectfully that it gave me an odd feeling.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He betrayed no surprise, but greeted them respectfully and then passed them on.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for respectfully

respectful

adjective
  1. full of, showing, or giving respect
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Derived Formsrespectfully, adverbrespectfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for respectfully

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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