Definition of respectability in English:


Line breaks: re¦spect|abil¦ity
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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