Definition of respectable in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈspɛktəb(ə)l/


1Regarded by society to be good, proper, or correct: they thought the stage no life for a respectable lady
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  • And what makes it all the more bizarre is that this dark indictment of a racist and neurotic world was written by a respectable lady who was probably a pillar of that very society.
  • From the day that the crime was committed to the point of the sentencing and beyond, I began to make many changes into changing myself into a more respectable member of our society.
  • But one of the biggest issues facing the agencies is that these dealers appear to live ordinary lives and often embed themselves in so-called respectable society.
reputable, of good repute, upright, honest, honourable, trustworthy, above board, worthy, decent, good, virtuous, admirable, well bred, clean-living, proper, decorous;
genteel, accepted, presentable;
1.1(Of a person’s appearance, clothes, or behaviour) decent or presentable: a perfectly respectable pair of pyjamas
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  • I'd have just enough time to get to the hotel, clean up, change into presentable, respectable clothes, and make my way to the bookstore.
  • In the time of Christ, a Roman could buy a respectable suit of clothes for about an ounce of gold coin.
  • Power Station scored twice in the later stages to give the final scoreline a respectable appearance.
2Of some merit or importance: a respectable botanical text
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  • Judged on its own merits it's a respectable attempt, but next to the other, it doesn't quite compete.
  • He had a good competition and placed a respectable fifth against established gymnasts.
  • That is an old established and plainly respectable principle.
2.1Adequate or acceptable in number, size, or amount: America’s GDP grew by a respectable 2.6 per cent
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  • I like her immensely, even though I harbor a respectable amount of fear every time I have to converse with her.
  • Capital appreciation has remained at a respectable 18 per cent for the past two years.
  • By 1891 the desertion rate had fallen to a more respectable 6.2 percent.
fairly good, passable, decent, fair, reasonable, presentable, moderately good, not bad;
substantial, considerable, ample, sizeable
informal not to be sneezed at, OK



Pronunciation: /rɪˈspɛktəbli/
[as submodifier]: an architecture of respectably high standards
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  • The acting, however, stands up pretty respectably.
  • She was respectably dressed, wearing what may have been a wedding ring, and had possibly had a child.
  • Years later, he retired respectably as a cashier.

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