Definition of respectability in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˌspɛktəˈbɪlɪti/


[mass noun]
1The quality of being socially acceptable: provincial notions of respectability
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  • Teaching offered both social respectability and an opportunity to earn a living.
  • It describes the way the lower castes tend to imitate the customs and rituals of the upper layers in order to gain social respectability.
  • What they seemed to entirely be missing in their analysis is the notion of respectability.
1.1The quality of being accepted as valid or important within a particular field: scientific respectability
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  • They desperately crave scientific respectability, but it is their own theory that prevents them from attaining it.
  • In this way, perhaps, he seeks to cloak his book in an aura of scientific respectability.
  • Now many astrologers seem to have a hankering, a hunger even, for scientific respectability that never fails to amaze me.
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