Definition of respectful in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈspɛk(t)fʊl/


Feeling or showing deference and respect: they sit in respectful silence
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  • 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.
deferential, reverent, admiring, humble, reverential, dutiful, subservient;
polite, well mannered, civil, courteous, chivalrous, gallant, gracious, considerate, obliging, solicitous, thoughtful, attentive
dated mannerly
rare regardful



Pronunciation: /rɪˈspɛk(t)fʊlnəs/ /rɪˈspɛk(t)f(ə)lnəs/
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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