• (America) IPA: [ɹi.ˈspɛk.tə.bl̩]


  1. Deserving respect.
    His accomplishments, morals, loyalty, and stature make him a respectable person.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass. In this way all respectable burgesses, down to fifty years ago, spent their evenings.
  2. Decent; satisfactory.
    Turn up to the interview wearing something respectable.  She plays a respectable game of chess.  He got a respectable B+ on his last exam.
  3. Moderately well-to-do.
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