[ ri-spekt-fuhl ]
/ rɪˈspɛkt fəl /


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

Origin of respectful

First recorded in 1590–1600; respect + -ful
SYNONYMS FOR respectful
ANTONYMS FOR respectful
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Examples from the Web for 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


/ (rɪˈspɛktfʊl) /


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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