Definition of respectability in English:

respectability

noun

mass noun
  • 1The quality of being socially acceptable.

    ‘provincial notions of respectability’
    • ‘The Sixties completely wiped away the notion that virginity was essential to respectability and decency.’
    • ‘For a long time, the capital of Victoria seemed to be the seat of provincial respectability.’
    • ‘The social respectability of science attracted the patronage of wealthy and influential figures.’
    • ‘In our family, integrity is there, respectability also.’
    • ‘The acquisition of land not only gave social respectability but also wealth.’
    • ‘If marriage confers social status and respectability, adultery confers a stigma.’
    • ‘They were well aware that, in order to retain social respectability, their sexual behaviour had to be beyond reproach.’
    • ‘They've got that credibility and that respectability back.’
    • ‘It's a very worrying development and it's gaining social respectability.’
    • ‘But the gravitational pull of bourgeois respectability remained strong.’
    • ‘What they seemed to entirely be missing in their analysis is the notion of respectability.’
    • ‘Teaching offered both social respectability and an opportunity to earn a living.’
    • ‘Modern dress also looks anachronistic in a world where respectability is a prime virtue and cuckoldry a social stigma.’
    • ‘He had brought nobility and respectability to the British stage.’
    • ‘It describes the way the lower castes tend to imitate the customs and rituals of the upper layers in order to gain social respectability.’
    • ‘The old respectability of the establishment could no longer cover up the major moral lapses of the financial sector.’
    • ‘Wealth is a marker for social status, success, and respectability, just as poverty is stigmatising.’
    • ‘Has the notion of solidarity escaped him in his flight for respectability?’
    • ‘They spend their fortune trying to gain social respectability.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘Now many astrologers seem to have a hankering, a hunger even, for scientific respectability that never fails to amaze me.’
      • ‘In this way, perhaps, he seeks to cloak his book in an aura of scientific respectability.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is how it achieves respectability, legitimacy and, very often, public funding.’

Pronunciation

respectability

/rɪˌspɛktəˈbɪlɪti/