Definition of respectable in English:



  • 1Regarded by society to be good, proper, or correct.

    ‘they thought the stage no life for a respectable lady’
    • ‘They have all risen to the challenge, holding respectable positions in society, all sharing a common purpose of giving something back to their community.’
    • ‘This British troupe's production shows the seductive and steamy underside of respectable British high society.’
    • ‘Lou spent much of her life in the company of men from respectable society, but she could never be a part of that society herself.’
    • ‘For them, it is a day to celebrate, to rejoice and to ask for basic rights of inclusion into the mainstream society as any other respectable citizen of the country.’
    • ‘But one of the biggest issues facing the agencies is that these dealers appear to live ordinary lives and often embed themselves in so-called respectable society.’
    • ‘They were taught, controlled and obtained the best instruction which would make them respectable members of society.’
    • ‘You refuse to change to become like the rest of respectable society.’
    • ‘Young male office and shop clerks occupied a precarious social and economic position on the margins of respectable middle-class Victorian society.’
    • ‘If, after three months, you haven't learned to act like a respectable young lady you will remain in New York at that disciplinary school.’
    • ‘No respectable gentleman or lady would ever be seen dead darkening the back-street doorstep of a pawnbroker.’
    • ‘It was much too late for chatting; any respectable lady would have retired to her quarters.’
    • ‘Maybe it would make her more respectable, more proper.’
    • ‘Clara did not care how low the Phineas' fortune had fallen; no proper respectable girl would allow herself to be a maid.’
    • ‘What kind of image does the sport want: that of a game so correct and respectable that nobody is allowed to speak a controversial word?’
    • ‘Science fiction is not regarded as a respectable genre, he agrees.’
    • ‘He was very well-regarded by a lot of people and he bridged the gap between respectable society and the underworld.’
    • ‘From the day that the crime was committed to the point of the sentencing and beyond, I began to make many changes into changing myself into a more respectable member of our society.’
    • ‘And what makes it all the more bizarre is that this dark indictment of a racist and neurotic world was written by a respectable lady who was probably a pillar of that very society.’
    • ‘If we don't teach our children these values, how can we honestly expect them to become valuable and respectable members of society?’
    • ‘Victorians sought to create respectable personal habits in societies where the vast majority of inhabitants can be described only as crude.’
    reputable, of good repute, upright, honest, honourable, trustworthy, above board, worthy, decent, good, virtuous, admirable, well bred, clean-living, proper, decorous
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    1. 1.1 (of a person's appearance, clothes, or behaviour) decent or presentable.
      ‘a perfectly respectable pair of pyjamas’
      • ‘The real needs of society are not really that great - just some food and some respectable clothing.’
      • ‘They have generally marginalised less respectable behaviour, finding it difficult to acknowledge or convenient to overlook.’
      • ‘For all the respectable clothes they wore, they had the looks of ruffians about them.’
      • ‘In the time of Christ, a Roman could buy a respectable suit of clothes for about an ounce of gold coin.’
      • ‘Upon seeing the elderly gentleman, this time wearing a more respectable suit, Belinda immediately stands and points an accusing finger at him.’
      • ‘For while they may appear every inch the middle-class professional, there is a growing chance a surprising secret lurks beneath the respectable clothing.’
      • ‘If the family is not present you may employ a stranger as long as they are respectable in demeanor and appearance.’
      • ‘He is an old man, in his late-fifties, early sixties, hair a lustrous white, dressed in a respectable suit.’
      • ‘Let students wear respectable clothing of a kind they would, perhaps, later wear to a job interview.’
      • ‘Removing his rather shabby cloak to reveal a more respectable outfit underneath, Maddock spied a nearby servant carrying a tray of food.’
      • ‘Adorn yourself with clean and respectable clothes.’
      • ‘Power Station scored twice in the later stages to give the final scoreline a respectable appearance.’
      • ‘I'd have just enough time to get to the hotel, clean up, change into presentable, respectable clothes, and make my way to the bookstore.’
      • ‘That's because, behind the respectable suit and neat grey beard, deep down Brian loves a good row.’
      • ‘This popular Indian dress evolved as a comfortable and respectable garment for women in Kashmir and Punjab region, but is now immensely popular here, too.’
      • ‘Even with her respectable outfit and beautiful girl on her arm, it felt awkward.’
  • 2Of some merit or importance.

    ‘a respectable botanical text’
    • ‘Of course, it would be too much for a single nominalist to provide an acceptable version of each respectable scientific theory.’
    • ‘Keep in mind, your problem is a recognized diagnostic condition among all respectable physicians.’
    • ‘That is an old established and plainly respectable principle.’
    • ‘For in the realm of diagnosis and treatment negligence is not established by preferring one respectable body of opinion to another.’
    • ‘He had a good competition and placed a respectable fifth against established gymnasts.’
    • ‘Judged on its own merits it's a respectable attempt, but next to the other, it doesn't quite compete.’
    • ‘The respectable Christian Science Monitor produced an important article, ‘Why do they hate us?’’
    well known, recognized, acclaimed, esteemed, acknowledged
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    1. 2.1 Adequate or acceptable in number, size, or amount.
      ‘America's GDP grew by a respectable 2.6 per cent’
      • ‘Last year, she reported a very respectable 10-percent increase over that.’
      • ‘Volunteers filled the vacated ranks, once again bringing Washington's force up to a respectable size.’
      • ‘The restaurant is very unassuming from the outside and appears to be quite small, but in fact, the main dining area opens up beyond the well stocked central bar and is a very respectable size.’
      • ‘The economy grew at a respectable 3.7 percent annual rate in the third quarter.’
      • ‘The rest of the crew got the hint from her glare and piled a respectable amount on their plates.’
      • ‘I didn't load on the make-up, but I had a respectable amount on.’
      • ‘As stated above, this gives us, temporarily, a crude seasonal adjustment while we build up more respectable sample sizes.’
      • ‘There is a decent amount of room in the rear and the boot is well shaped, taking a respectable amount of luggage.’
      • ‘I like her immensely, even though I harbor a respectable amount of fear every time I have to converse with her.’
      • ‘Capital appreciation has remained at a respectable 18 per cent for the past two years.’
      • ‘But even on a quarter-on-quarter basis, the July-September growth was still a respectable 1.97 percent.’
      • ‘Her CD sales were respectable, but never amounted to the blockbuster numbers her label and industry types projected.’
      • ‘They have raised a respectable amount of money locally through social events.’
      • ‘An octopus can generate a respectable amount of force with this mechanism.’
      • ‘In front of her was a fish tank modified to carry a respectable amount of lizards.’
      • ‘Baby and small lobsters fall prey to predators of their own element; but those which reach a respectable size are able to defend themselves very well.’
      • ‘By 1891 the desertion rate had fallen to a more respectable 6.2 percent.’
      • ‘Sprigs of table coral have become established on the wreckage, some now a respectable size.’
      • ‘As a result, Irish beef exports to the UK increased by a very respectable 11 per cent.’
      • ‘To understand the reasons behind this concern, consider the small sizes into which very respectable yields can be packaged.’
      fairly good, passable, decent, fair, reasonable, presentable, moderately good, not bad
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