• WordNet 3.6
    • adj respectable large in amount or extent or degree "it cost a considerable amount","a goodly amount","received a hefty bonus","a respectable sum","a tidy sum of money","a sizable fortune"
    • adj respectable deserving of esteem and respect "all respectable companies give guarantees","ruined the family's good name"
    • adj respectable characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals "a respectable woman"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He looks so rottenly respectable He looks so rottenly respectable
Yours Respectful, Hannah Mullet Yours Respectful, Hannah Mullet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1964, Sandy Koufax, Elstom Howard, Jimmy Brown, Oscar Robertson, and Cookie Gilchrist were all voted MVP from their respected (MLB, NFL, NBA) leagues. Each of them wore the number 32.
    • Respectable Moderate in degree of excellence or in number; as, a respectable performance; a respectable audience.
    • Respectable Worthy of respect; fitted to awaken esteem; deserving regard; hence, of good repute; not mean; as, a respectable citizen. "The respectable quarter of Sicca.""No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected, without being truly respectable ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average age of an Italian barista is 48 years old. A barista is a respected job title in Italy.
    • respectable Capable of being respected; worthy of respect or esteem.
    • respectable Having an honest or good reputation; standing well with other people; reputable: as, born of poor but respectable parents.
    • respectable Occupying or pertaining to a fairly good position in society; moderately well-to-do.
    • respectable Mediocre; moderate; fair; not despisable.
    • respectable Proper; decent: as, conduct that is not respectable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The New York Yankees have won the most champoinships (26 times) in their respected sport (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL) for any professional sports team.
    • adj Respectable worthy of respect or regard: moderate in excellence or number: not mean or despicable: reputable: moderately well-to-do
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  • Decimus Magnus Ausonius
    Decimus Magnus Ausonius
    “When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.”
  • Reggie White
    Reggie White
    “I have a lot of respect for tough coaches.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The secret in education lies in respecting the student.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There is no greater treasure than the respect and love of a true friend.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “Since when was genius found respectable?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is far better to be trusted and respected that it is to be liked.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. respectable, LL. respectabilis,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. respicĕre, respectumre-, back, specĕre, to look.


In literature:

With respect to the value of this institution, I must make a general observation.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
It is the first in utility, and ought to be the first in respect.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
We measure a man's respectability by his banker's account, and mete out to the pauper the same punishment as the felon.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Respecting the gospel of John in particular, Irenaeus says, Against Heresies, 3.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Democracy respects the Golden Rule; anarchy respects nothing, not even itself.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
A person who has self-respect as well as respect for others, should never carelessly write a letter or note.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
The Ranger place was, in some respects the most imposing house in Banbridge.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Their respective locations are given in the map.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
The Inca roads, in many respects, rivalled their aqueducts.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
The ambassador returned to Warsaw, where the same respect continued to be shown him, up to the day of the decisive victory of Friedland.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur

In poetry:

With firm respect I love my race:
No one shall lead me thus astray,
Of kin to lose the ancient trace
That makes me what I am today.
"The Song Of The Negro Maid" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
ALL. Please will someone kindly tell us.
Who are our respective kin?
All of us/them are very jealous
Neither of us/them will give in.
"Thespis: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But there is yet another flame,
With pure and holy light to shed;
And all revere that honor'd name,
And all respect that rev'rend head.
"Goderich" by Thomas Frederick Young
And hence, dear friends, we've come to pay
A parting tribute of respect,
And thus our humble offering lay
Upon the shrine of God's elect.
"Tribute To Rev. William Paul Quinn" by James Madison Bell
In the morning, bowing to all;
In the evening, bowing to all.
Respecting others is my only duty--
Hail to the Never-despising Bodhisattva.
"In The Morning" by Taigu Ryokan
My much respected, fair young friend
In youth's bright sunshine glowing:
Some friendly token I would send,
Some trifle, worth your knowing.
"To Miss Annie Eliza M'Namee" by David John Scott

In news:

An update of their respective contribution to the global burden of cancer is warranted.
For some, Glen and Grant-Lee Phillips -- the frontmen of Toad the Wet Sprocket and Grant Lee Buffalo, respectively -- summon memories of the early 1990s and the sensation of falling in love.
Bangalore Venkata Raman, one of India's most respected astrologers, died on Sunday, suffering a heart attack as he edited The Astrological Magazine, the monthly publication he founded 62 years ago.
Barilla tops among 'world's most respected companies.
Each had served as interim chiefs after their respective predecessors retired.
I have such respect for Charles Rosen that it is with some embarrassment that I write to inform you that on the questions of orchestration raised in his article, he is unfortunately batting zero for four.
He trails only Penn State's Joe Paterno among active major college coaches in consecutive seasons at their respective schools.
We have a lot of respect for Ben Franklin.
Three young women come to South Adams High School on Monday to pay their respects to fallen soldier Nick Taylor.
Fouad Ajami is one of the world's most respected and influential analysts of the Middle East — and for good reason.
"We can certainly say it was a crummy year with respect to the yields," says Brad Schwab, chief crop statistician in Illinois for the USDA.
Austin Bryan and Dillon Pynes took first place in their respective divisions at the annual Raingutter Regatta.
Respecting all employees fosters a healthy workplace and keeps lawsuits at bay.
Cumulus Broadcasting LLC and its radio stations (collectively " Cumulus ") respect the personal privacy of visitors to our websites (" Cumulus Radio Websites").
While these athletes have excelled in their respective sports, they've also challenged themselves on the set, making appearances in movies and television shows.

In science:

Since the leading terms of two elements of G (g) are the same with respect to ≻ and w≻ every S-pair with respect to ≻w is the same as with respect to ≻.
Algebraic Properties of Generic Tropical Varieties
Dxf nk}n≥1 is a sup-additive potential and πf (Φ), πf n (− log kDxf nk) denote the sup-additive topological pressure of Φ with respect to f , classical topological pressure of − log kDxf nk with respect to f n respectively.
The Hausdorff dimension of average conformal repellers under random perturbation
Then, b and ¯b are respective blocks of G and ¯G , γ and ¯γ are respectively contained in local points ˜γ and ˜¯γ of P and ¯P on kG and k ¯G , and moreover P˜γ and ¯P˜¯γ are respective defect pointed groups of these blocks.
On blocks with trivial source simple modules
It could be objected that, when we say “f is lower semicontinuous with respect to ≪”, it is not clear whether we mean ≪ in W (A) of ≪ in C u(A) (if S is a subset of an ordered set T , ≪ may be a different relation when taken with respect to S or with respect to T ).
The Cuntz semigroup of continuous functions into certain simple C*-algebras
For example the improvement of our algorithm ERWC with respect to the cover time is about 44%, 10% and with respect to maximum node load at cover time is about 44%, 12% in comparison with RWC, on random geometric graphs and 2-dimensional torus, respectively.
Enhanced Random Walk with Choice: An Empirical Study