I. adjective Date: 1599 1. worthy of respect ; estimable 2. decent or correct in character or behavior ; proper 3. a. fair in size or quantity <
a respectable amount
b. moderately good ; tolerable 4. fit to be seen ; presentable <
respectable clothes
respectability nounrespectableness nounrespectably adverb II. noun Date: 1814 a respectable person

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • respectable — worthy of respect, 1580s; see RESPECT (Cf. respect) + ABLE (Cf. able). I have certainly known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots. [William Butler… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • respectable — respectableness, n. respectably, adv. /ri spek teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. worthy of respect or esteem; estimable; worthy: a respectable citizen. 2. of good social standing, reputation, etc.: a respectable neighborhood. 3. suitable or good enough to be… …   Universalium

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