- 1considered by society to be acceptable, good, or correct a highly respectable neighborhood a respectable married man Go and make yourself look respectable. opposite disreputable
- 2fairly good; that there is not reason to be ashamed of synonym acceptable a perfectly respectable result Economic growth has averaged at a respectable 2.5 percent.
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NAmE//rɪˈspɛktəbli//adverb respectably dressed