What does respectable mean?

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rɪˈspɛk tə bəlre·spectable

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. respectableadjective

    characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals

    "a respectable woman"

  2. estimable, good, honorable, respectableadjective

    deserving of esteem and respect

    "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name"

  3. goodly, goodish, healthy, hefty, respectable, sizable, sizeable, tidyadjective

    large in amount or extent or degree

    "it cost a considerable amount"; "a goodly amount"; "received a hefty bonus"; "a respectable sum"; "a tidy sum of money"; "a sizable fortune"


  1. respectableadjective

    deserving respect

    His accomplishments, morals, loyalty, and stature make him a respectable person.

  2. respectableadjective

    decent; satisfactory

Webster Dictionary

  1. Respectableadjective

    worthy of respect; fitted to awaken esteem; deserving regard; hence, of good repute; not mean; as, a respectable citizen

  2. Respectableadjective

    moderate in degree of excellence or in number; as, a respectable performance; a respectable audience

  3. Etymology: [F. respectable, LL. respectabilis.]


  1. Respectable

    "Respectable" is a number one single for one week in the UK on March 1987 for Mel and Kim, that was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. It was the team's second number one, and was also number one in New Zealand for five weeks spanning July and August, and in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. A memorable feature of the song is the sampled and sequenced first syllable of the chorus: "Tay, tay, tay, tay, t-t, t-t, t, tay, tay, take or leave us...".

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'respectable' in Adjectives Frequency: #891

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of respectable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of respectable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of respectable in a Sentence

  1. Jeffree Star:

    I don't want anyone that is inspired by me to think that gossip, hate and negativity is how you get popular. It's not respectable at all and I've had to learn the hard way, i want you guys to know I am not who I used to be and I haven't been for a while. I will never handle a situation like this again.

  2. Markus Huber:

    European equities are trading higher this morning as a very respectable European earnings season and improving growth prospects are providing investors with plenty of reasons why to favour European stocks versus Asian and U.S. ones, overall sentiment remains positive with Europe likely to continue to outperform their American peers.

  3. Josephine Hart, "Sin":

    We are here to add to the sum of human goodness. To prove the thing exists. And however futile each individual act of courage or generosity, self-sacrifice or grace-it still proves the thing exists. Each act adds to the fund. It needs replenishment. Not only because evil flourishes, and is, most indefensibly, defended. But because goodness is no longer a respectable aim in life. The hound of hell, envy, has driven it from the house.

  4. Scott Applewhite:

    Can I just say, with all due respect, Im willing to bet that theres no process that would be respectable on the Republican side.

  5. John Kenneth Galbraith:

    The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.

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    a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
    • A. substitute
    • B. ransom
    • C. scrutiny
    • D. plantation

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