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Unworthy of respect.

dis′re·spect′a·bil′i·ty n.


unworthy of respect; not respectable
ˌdisreˌspectaˈbility n


(ˌdɪs rɪˈspɛk tə bəl)

not respectable.
dis`re•spect`a•bil′i•ty, n.
References in classic literature ?
You are disrespectable, sir,' said the Lord Mayor--'leastways, disrespectful I mean.
He offers to put his impressive skills at the service of the government, but Sir Walter Pole (Samuel West) doesn't want help from such a disrespectable source.
He offers to put his impressive magical skills at the service of the government, but Sir Walter Pole (Samuel West) doesn't want help from such a disrespectable source.
The monstrous gothic 'soul-stealers' are deemed not those outcast from respectable society; instead a hypocritically disrespectable society is exposed as vampirically praying on vulnerability.
In history she has been buried alive with fresh breath clear of sins, she has been troubled when came out of nest for survival through the war of harsh words and given physical torture, she was supposed to be disrespectable creature, she has been fired, broken, sacrificed, killed, and experienced all the hatred and hateful feelings for herself even though in an ocean of troubles tolerated dark nights of terror and made herself vigorous part of society running through stones of fire and came up with a brighter burning rays of sun.
Although the inspectors used a bourgeois distinction between respectable and disrespectable women, they recognized that by the 1930s even respectable women wanted to drink and decided that, with proper chaperoning, they should be allowed to consume alcohol in public spaces.
McCloskey has argued, for instance, that the material progress the world has experienced over the last two hundred years was caused by a change in the way market life was conceived of and talked about; a change away from considering commerce as being disrespectable to considering it as being legitimate and even moral.
The disrespectable were disallowed such service, pariahs in the community.
For instance, the figure of the morsel is linked associatively, metonymically, with a series of references to the mouth as the organ that consumes and spits out, as well as the organ of speech that gives breath to imagination, to love, to ethical sense, the faculty that can be recruited to justify morally dubious actions, to give respectability to the tawdry and the disrespectable.