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Showing or marked by proper respect.

re·spect′ful·ly adv.
re·spect′ful·ness n.


full of, showing, or giving respect
reˈspectfully adv
reˈspectfulness n


(rɪˈspɛkt fəl)

characterized by or showing politeness or deference.
re•spect′ful•ly, adv.


1. 'respectable'

Someone or something that is respectable is approved of by people and considered to be morally correct.

He came from a perfectly respectable middle-class family.
2. 'respectful'

If your behaviour is respectful, you show respect for someone or something.

The woman kept a respectful silence.
The Security Officer was standing at a respectful distance holding a plastic cup of coffee.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.respectful - full of or exhibiting respect; "respectful behavior"; "a respectful glance"
courteous - characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners; "if a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world"-Francis Bacon
humble - marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful; "a humble apology"; "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"- B.K.Malinowski
reverent - feeling or showing profound respect or veneration; "maintained a reverent silence"
disrespectful - exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous; "remarks disrespectful of the law"; "disrespectful in the presence of his parents"; "disrespectful toward his teacher"
2.respectful - feeling or manifesting veneration
reverent - feeling or showing profound respect or veneration; "maintained a reverent silence"



Marked by courteous submission or respect:
يَنِمُّ عن الإحْتِرام
sem sÿnir tilhlÿîilega virîingu


[rɪsˈpektfʊl] ADJrespetuoso


[rɪˈspɛktfʊl] adjrespectueux/euse


adjrespektvoll (towards gegenüber); to be respectful of somethingetw respektieren; to keep a respectful silencerespektvoll schweigen; to follow somebody at a respectful distancejdm in angemessenem Abstand folgen


[rɪsˈpɛktfʊl] adjrispettoso/a


(rəˈspekt) noun
1. admiration; good opinion. He is held in great respect by everyone; He has no respect for politicians.
2. consideration; thoughtfulness; willingness to obey etc. He shows no respect for his parents.
3. a particular detail, feature etc. These two poems are similar in some respects.
1. to show or feel admiration for. I respect you for what you did.
2. to show consideration for, a willingness to obey etc. One should respect other people's feelings/property.
reˈspectable adjective
1. having a good reputation or character. a respectable family.
2. correct; acceptable. respectable behaviour.
3. (of clothes) good enough or suitable to wear. You can't go out in those torn trousers – they're not respectable.
4. large, good etc enough; fairly large, good etc. Four goals is a respectable score.
reˈspectably adverb
reˌspectaˈbility noun
reˈspectful adjective
having or showing respect.
reˈspectfully adverb
reˈspectfulness noun
reˈspecting preposition
about; concerning. Respecting your salary, we shall come to a decision later.
reˈspective (-tiv) adjective
belonging to etc each person or thing mentioned. Peter and George went to their respective homes.
reˈspectively (-tiv-) adverb
referring to each person or thing mentioned, in the order in which they are mentioned. Peter, James and John were first, second and third, respectively.
reˈspects noun plural
greetings. He sends his respects to you.
pay one's respects (to someone)
to visit (a person) as a sign of respect to him.
with respect to
about; concerning. With respect to your request, we regret that we are unable to assist you in this matter.
References in classic literature ?
Laurie watched her in respectful silence, and when she beckoned him to his sofa, he sat down with a sigh of satisfaction, saying gratefully.
True, some members of it did come over to look on from a respectful distance at what the diggers were doing.
The youngsters came tumbling up the steps, the quadroon following at the respectful distance which they required her to observe.
At a respectful distance from this unusual show, were gathered divers groups of curious idlers; some admiring the blood and bone of the high-mettled military charger, and others gazing at the preparations, with the dull wonder of vulgar curiosity.
Jessie, who had probably already learned from her sister the purport of Dick's confidences, had received him with equal cordiality and perhaps a more unqualified amusement; and now, when fairly lifted into the saddle by his tremulous but respectful hands, made a very charming picture of youthful and rosy satisfaction.
This person--a gray-headed man, of quiet and most respectful deportment --found it necessary to explain that his master still remained in his study, or private apartment; on entering which, an hour before, he had expressed a wish on no account to be disturbed.
Upon this the poor mariners in their respectful consternation --so truly English --knowing not what to say, fall to vigorously scratching their heads all round; meanwhile ruefully glancing from the whale to the stranger.
Is he industrious at his work and respectful to you?
said Uncle Tom, looking with a respectful, admiring air, as his young teacher flourishingly scrawled q's and g's innumerable for his edification; and then, taking the pencil in his big, heavy fingers, he patiently recommenced.
The boy recoiled a step, and caught his breath, for the thing hit him rather sudden; but the aspect which he took on was very, very respectful.
I meant to address her in the most respectful way and ask her to pardon me if her strong resemblance to a former acquaintance of mine was deceiving me; and when she should reply that the name I mentioned was not the name she bore, I meant to beg pardon again, most respectfully, and retire.
Under cover of the general relaxation of singing, votive offerings of respectful sympathy began to make their appearance at her shrine.