Definition of respectful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪˈspektfl//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspektfl//
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showing or feeling respect The onlookers stood at a respectful distance. We were brought up to be respectful of authority. opposite disrespectfulExtra examples a mutually respectful relationship children who are not respectful of adult authority Everyone was respectful towards him, listening carefully to his long explanations. His tone was respectful. We all stood in respectful silence.
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