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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


  1. Respectable

    Respectable is a song by The Rolling Stones from their 1978 album Some Girls. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. In the liner notes to the 1993 compilation album Jump Back: The Best of The Rolling Stones (on which it was included), Jagger said, "It's important to be somewhat influenced by what's going on around you and on the Some Girls album, I think we definitely became more aggressive because of the punk thing..."


  1. respectable

    Respectable generally refers to something or someone that is regarded highly, esteemed, or considered appropriate and acceptable in social standards. The term often pertains to behavior, character, or appearances that conform to societal norms, adhere to moral principles, or demonstrate qualities worth admiration.

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. Ashin Wirathu:

    Don't assume you are a respectable person, just because of your position, to us, you are just a whore.

  2. Alexander Klaskovsky:

    Belarus is undergoing a transformation from a pariah to a respectable player.

  3. SA Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz, March, 1933.:

    All military type firearms are to be handed in immediately... The SS, SA and Stahlhelm give every respectable German man the opportunity of campaigning with them. Therefore anyone who does not belong to one of the above named organisations and who unjustifiably nevertheless keeps his weapon... must be regarded as an enemy of the national government.

  4. Patricio Rivera:

    We will have respectable economic growth (in 2015). It will be very satisfactory given this situation.

  5. Oscar Wilde:

    To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.

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