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respectful

[ ri-spekt-fuhl ]
/ rɪˈspɛkt fəl /
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adjective
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

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British Dictionary definitions for respectful

respectful
/ (rɪˈspɛktfʊl) /

adjective
full of, showing, or giving respect

Derived forms of respectful

respectfully, adverbrespectfulness, noun
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