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re·spect·a·ble / riˈspektəbəl/ • adj. 1. regarded by society to be good, proper, or correct: they thought the stage no life for a respectable lady. ∎  (of a person's appearance, clothes, or behavior) decent or presentable: a perfectly respectable pair of pajamas!2. of some merit or importance: a respectable botanical text. ∎  adequate or acceptable in number, size, or amount: America's GDP grew by a respectable 2.6 percent.DERIVATIVES: re·spect·a·bly / -blē/ adv. an architecture of respectably high standards.