Definition of respectful in English:



  • Feeling or showing deference and respect.

    ‘they sit in respectful silence’
    • ‘We should, therefore, be respectful of them rather than rushing to judgement.’
    • ‘Maybe they feel like there should be a respectful silence during a round of golf.’
    • ‘There was a respectful silence of a few seconds while the others internalised this concept.’
    • ‘So, be tolerant and respectful, but also keep a sense of humour and remember how to laugh.’
    • ‘In the early days, the novels received some respectful reviews and won a small band of devoted admirers.’
    • ‘From beginning to end they remained meek and respectful in the presence of their mother and aunt.’
    • ‘It is important that self-inflicted injuries are responded to in a calm and respectful manner.’
    • ‘The children themselves kept a respectful distance, which is perfectly understandable.’
    • ‘She's respectful, polite and particularly helpful when it comes to clearing away the dishes.’
    • ‘I'm very proud of the film and I think I've been truthful and respectful of his work.’
    • ‘He's a fantastic young man, is very respectful and comes highly recommended.’
    • ‘Unlike us, she will be mindful of the dangers; respectful of the distance and her rivals.’
    • ‘It was civil, mutually respectful, completely lacking in any personal animosity.’
    • ‘They waited as the boat drew alongside, still keeping a respectful distance.’
    • ‘They were very courteous and helpful and I tried to be respectful by covering my hair with a black scarf.’
    • ‘For this reason the town will fall silent and its residents will pay their own respectful tribute today.’
    • ‘Hundreds of people drew near her grave and police had to be called in to hold them back and keep a respectful distance.’
    • ‘All we are asking is that we be treated in a respectful manner and spoken to in a respectable tone of voice.’
    • ‘If someone wants to be polite and respectful to me, the best thing I can do is be the same back to them.’
    • ‘He didn't achieve much at school in academic terms but he was respectful of his elders and listened to them.’
    deferential, reverent, admiring, humble, reverential, dutiful, subservient
    polite, well mannered, civil, courteous, chivalrous, gallant, gracious, considerate, obliging, solicitous, thoughtful, attentive
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