What does respectful mean?

Definitions for respectful
rɪˈspɛkt fəlre·spect·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. respectfuladjective

    full of or exhibiting respect

    "respectful behavior"; "a respectful glance"

  2. respectful, reverential, veneratingadjective

    feeling or manifesting veneration


  1. respectfuladjective

    Marked or characterized by respect; as, respectful deportment.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Respectfuladjective

    Ceremonious; full of outward civility.

    Etymology: respect and full.

    Will you be only, and for ever mine?
    From this dear bosom shall I ne’er be torn?
    Or you grow cold, respectful, or forsworn? Matthew Prior.

    With humble joy, and with respectful fear,
    The list’ning people shall his story hear. Matthew Prior.


  1. respectful

    Respectful refers to showing or characterized by politeness, deference, or considerate behavior towards others. It involves acknowledging and valuing the feelings, opinions, rights and traditions of others. It also refers to behaving in a way that does not harm, offend or disregard the well-being of others. Being respectful often includes the expectation of reciprocity, with the understanding that respect is earned and should be mutual.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Respectfuladjective

    marked or characterized by respect; as, respectful deportment

Editors Contribution

  1. respectful

    The manner and feeling of respect.

    They were very respectful of everyone as the country was experiencing much change.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of respectful in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of respectful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of respectful in a Sentence

  1. Stewart McLaurin:

    We would say we are not lobbying for this at all, it is just a consideration we make. We want to be respectful of every first lady's role, and our role is to be supportive of White House on behalf of the American people.

  2. Cayla McVey:

    It's evolved into a peaceful gathering, a sharing of life stories, i think you are going to get a group of people that are prepared, respectful and they know what they getting themselves into.

  3. Helen Prejean:

    I walked in the room and I looked at his face and I remembered, 'Oh my God, he's so young.' Which he is, i sensed he was very respectful, and I felt it was pretty easy to establish a rapport.

  4. Connie Rice:

    Bratton and his team modeled a respectful treatment of the public, cops were fired for lying. They were fired for abusing people.

  5. Shira Goldenberg:

    This deeply concerning gap in supports for pregnant and parenting sex workers underscores the critical need for efforts to support reproductive rights and access to voluntary, respectful and appropriate maternal and parenting services for sex workers.

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