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respectful Syllabification: re·spect·ful
Pronunciation: /rəˈspek(t)fəl/

Definition of respectful in English:


Feeling or showing deference and respect: they sit in respectful silence
More example sentences
  • Hundreds of people drew near her grave and police had to be called in to hold them back and keep a respectful distance.
  • Unlike us, she will be mindful of the dangers; respectful of the distance and her rivals.
  • There was a respectful silence of a few seconds while the others internalised this concept.



Example sentences
  • I would respectfully advise the chairman that a football club is not run as a conventional business, as few trade at a profit.
  • The march was treated pretty respectfully and got front page coverage in a lot of the newspapers I saw.
  • We were encouraged to focus only on the positive, listen to each other respectfully and engage our imaginations.


Pronunciation: /rəˈspek(t)fəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • I am especially impressed with the respectfulness and thoughtfulness of those writers who disagreed with my position.
  • Tea is thought to evolve from four kinds of thought in Korean Buddhism - peacefulness, respectfulness, purity and quietness.
  • The female medical role models were said to convey more ‘human’ attributes: tolerance, integrity, respectfulness, and support towards students.

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