Definition of respectability in English:

respectability

noun

mass noun
  • 1The quality of being socially acceptable.

    ‘provincial notions of respectability’
    • ‘In our family, integrity is there, respectability also.’
    • ‘The Sixties completely wiped away the notion that virginity was essential to respectability and decency.’
    • ‘Modern dress also looks anachronistic in a world where respectability is a prime virtue and cuckoldry a social stigma.’
    • ‘It's a very worrying development and it's gaining social respectability.’
    • ‘The acquisition of land not only gave social respectability but also wealth.’
    • ‘But the gravitational pull of bourgeois respectability remained strong.’
    • ‘They spend their fortune trying to gain social respectability.’
    • ‘Wealth is a marker for social status, success, and respectability, just as poverty is stigmatising.’
    • ‘It describes the way the lower castes tend to imitate the customs and rituals of the upper layers in order to gain social respectability.’
    • ‘Teaching offered both social respectability and an opportunity to earn a living.’
    • ‘What they seemed to entirely be missing in their analysis is the notion of respectability.’
    • ‘The social respectability of science attracted the patronage of wealthy and influential figures.’
    • ‘Has the notion of solidarity escaped him in his flight for respectability?’
    • ‘If marriage confers social status and respectability, adultery confers a stigma.’
    • ‘He had brought nobility and respectability to the British stage.’
    • ‘They've got that credibility and that respectability back.’
    • ‘For a long time, the capital of Victoria seemed to be the seat of provincial respectability.’
    • ‘They were well aware that, in order to retain social respectability, their sexual behaviour had to be beyond reproach.’
    • ‘The old respectability of the establishment could no longer cover up the major moral lapses of the financial sector.’
    • ‘In the course of her conversation on the day of the workshop, she often referred to the terms dignity and respectability.’
    stateliness, nobleness, nobility, majesty, regalness, regality, royalness, courtliness, augustness, loftiness, exaltedness, lordliness, impressiveness, grandeur, magnificence
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    1. 1.1 The quality of being accepted as valid or important within a particular field.
      ‘scientific respectability’
      • ‘This is how it achieves respectability, legitimacy and, very often, public funding.’
      • ‘They desperately crave scientific respectability, but it is their own theory that prevents them from attaining it.’
      • ‘His take on the respectability of SETI in the scientific community is unduly pessimistic.’
      • ‘In this way, perhaps, he seeks to cloak his book in an aura of scientific respectability.’
      • ‘Now many astrologers seem to have a hankering, a hunger even, for scientific respectability that never fails to amaze me.’

Pronunciation

respectability

/rɪˌspɛktəˈbɪlɪti/