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

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

Synonyms for respectful

Antonyms for respectful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unrespectful

Historical Examples of unrespectful

  • And in the mood I found myself, the idea of a peaceful, unrespectful death was very pleasant.

    The Man Who Played to Lose

    Laurence Mark Janifer

British Dictionary definitions for unrespectful



full of, showing, or giving respect
Derived Formsrespectfully, adverbrespectfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unrespectful



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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