respectable ADJECTIVE 1) regarded by society as being proper, correct, and good. 2) of some merit or importance. 3) adequate or acceptable in number, size, or amount.
DERIVATIVES respectability noun respectably adverb.

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  • Respectability — Re*spect a*bil i*ty (r?*sp?kt ?*b?l ?*t?), n. The state or quality of being respectable; the state or quality which deserves or commands respect. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • respectability — re|spect|a|bil|i|ty [ rı,spektə bıləti ] noun uncount the quality of obeying the moral or social standards that are accepted by most people: They had an air of respectability …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • respectability — noun (U) the quality of being considered morally correct and socially acceptable: The couple exuded an air of quiet respectability …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • respectability — UK [rɪˌspektəˈbɪlətɪ] / US noun [uncountable] the quality of obeying the moral or social standards that are accepted by most people They had an air of respectability …   English dictionary

  • respectability — noun see respectable I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • respectability — /ri spek teuh bil i tee/, n., pl. respectabilities for 3. 1. the state or quality of being respectable. 2. respectable social standing, character, or reputation. 3. a respectable person or persons. 4. respectabilities, things accepted as… …   Universalium

  • respectability — noun a) The quality of being respectable. b) The class of respectable people …   Wiktionary

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