1
[ adjective ] deserving of esteem and respect

Examples

"all respectable companies give guarantees" "ruined the family's good name"

Used in print

(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

Now , not_only are there considerably more laity as students and professors at Oxford , but there are also numerous houses of religious_orders existing in respectable and friendly relations with the non_Catholic members of the University .

Almost daily something is reported which feeds this Catholic hope in England : statistics of the increasing numbers of converts and Irish Catholic immigrants ; news of a Protestant minister in Leamington who has offered to allow a Catholic priest to preach from his pulpit ; a report that a Catholic nun had been requested to teach in a non-Catholic secondary_school during the sickness of one of its masters ; the startling statement in a respectable periodical that `` Catholics , if the present system is still in_operation , will constitute almost one-third of the House_of_Lords in the next generation '' ; a report that 200 Protestant clergymen and laity attended a votive Mass offered for Christian unity at a Catholic_church in Slough during the Church Unity Octave .

(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)

Despite the opposition of the city newspapers , the Pratt_Hall meeting `` brought_together a very respectable audience , composed in part of those who had been distinguished for years for their radical views upon the subject of slavery , of many_of our colored citizens , and of those who were attracted to the place by the novelty of such a gathering '' .

Related terms

reputable

2
[ adjective ] worthy of respect

Examples

"a respectable woman"

Used in print

(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)

The government was most anxious that there be a respectable response .

(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)

But nevertheless it looked respectable .

(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)

I raised some kale by hocking the good clothes I had left_over from my respectable uptown life , but when that was gone I did n't have a cent .

3
[ adjective ] large in amount or extent or degree

Examples

"it cost a considerable amount" "a goodly amount" "received a hefty bonus" "a respectable sum" "a tidy sum of money" "a sizable fortune"

Used in print

(Norman Kent, "The Watercolor Art of Roy M. Mason"...)

More_often_than_not I have found easy excuse to leave my own work and stand at a respectable distance where I could watch this man transform raw nature into a composed , not imitative , painting .

(David Boroff, "Jewish Teen-Age Culture"...)

The Jewish working_girl almost invariably works in an office - in contradistinction to gentile factory_workers - and , buttressed by a respectable income , she is likely to dress better and live more expansively than the college_student .

Related terms

considerable

*