Respectable Re*spect"a*ble (-?-b'l), a. [F. respectable, LL. respectabilis.] 1. Worthy of respect; fitted to awaken esteem; deserving regard; hence, of good repute; not mean; as, a respectable citizen. ``The respectable quarter of Sicca.'' --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]

No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected, without being truly respectable. --Madison. [1913 Webster]

2. Moderate in degree of excellence or in number; as, a respectable performance; a respectable audience. [1913 Webster] --{Re*spect"a*ble*ness},n. -- {Re*spect"a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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