respectability


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re·spect·a·ble

 (rĭ-spĕk′tə-bəl)
adj.
1. Meriting respect or esteem; worthy.
2. Of or appropriate to good or proper behavior or conventional conduct.
3. Of moderately good quality: respectable work.
4. Considerable in amount, number, or size: a respectable sum of money.
5. Acceptable in appearance; presentable: a respectable hat.

re·spect′a·bil′i·ty (-bĭl′ĭ-tē), re·spect′a·ble·ness n.
re·spect′a·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.respectability - honorableness by virtue of being respectable and having a good reputation
honorableness, honourableness - the quality of deserving honor or respect; characterized by honor
decency - the quality of being polite and respectable
disreputability, disreputableness, unrespectability - dishonorableness by virtue of lacking respectability or a good reputation

respectability

noun
Conformity to recognized standards, as of conduct or appearance:
Translations
جَدارَةٌ بالإحْتِرام
váženost
anseelserenommé
tiszteletreméltóság
virîuleiki
váženosť
saygınlık

respectability

[rɪsˌpektəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nrespetabilidad f

respectability

[rɪˌspɛktəˈbɪləti] nrespectabilité f

respectability

n (= estimable quality, of person) → Ehrbarkeit f; (of motives also)Ehrenhaftigkeit f; (= decent quality: of life, district, club) → Anständigkeit f; (= socially approved quality, of person) → Angesehenheit f; (of businessman, hotel)Seriosität f; (of clothes, behaviour)Korrektheit f, → Anständigkeit f

respectability

[rɪsˌpɛktəˈbɪlɪtɪ] nrispettabilità

respect

(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.
verb
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 ?
Revelations and scenes might bring upon him the wrath of the owner of the saloon, who insisted upon respectability of an advanced type.
He never misses a chance in his practice, which is a mark of respectability.
I am wealth; I am respectability," the Fortune explained; "I am elegant houses, a yacht, and a clean shirt every day.
There was a servant in that house, a man who, I understood, was usually with Steerforth, and had come into his service at the University, who was in appearance a pattern of respectability.
She had humoured, or softened, or concealed his failings, and promoted his real respectability for seventeen years; and though not the very happiest being in the world herself, had found enough in her duties, her friends, and her children, to attach her to life, and make it no matter of indifference to her when she was called on to quit them.
And the lack of sympathy, well-meaning but so tactless, which had taken the poet instead to the vulgar respectability of Kennington
How else do you suppose she could feel to be told that she had been hoodwinked, and kept from her duty and a man's heart very likely broken, to save the respectability of a worn-out old family.
A gold-headed cane, of rare Oriental wood, added materially to the high respectability of his aspect, as did also a neckcloth of the utmost snowy purity, and the conscientious polish of his boots.
My father died, and then it might have been supposed that my way to respectability was pretty clear.
She had made one last appeal to friends, but, against the chill wall of their respectability, the voice of the erring outcast fell unheeded; and then she had gone to see her child - had held it in her arms and kissed it, in a weary, dull sort of way, and without betraying any particular emotion of any kind, and had left it, after putting into its hand a penny box of chocolate she had bought it, and afterwards, with her last few shillings, had taken a ticket and come down to Goring.
The respect for respectability was stronger than any desire in Black Hawk youth.
And as, on the other hand, the wants of the government can never obtain an adequate supply, unless all the sources of revenue are open to its demands, the finances of the community, under such embarrassments, cannot be put into a situation consistent with its respectability or its security.