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English definition of “respectful”

respectful

adjective uk   /rɪˈspekt.fəl/ us  

respectful adjective (ADMIRATION)

C1 showing admiration for someone or something: "We're so pleased to meet you at last," he said in a respectful tone of voice.
Opposite
Showing respect and admiration

respectful adjective (HONOUR)

C1 showing politeness or honour to someone or something: There was a respectful two-minute silence as we remembered the soldiers who had died in the war.Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful be respectful of sth to accept that something is important and not to try to change it or cause offence: He taught his children to be respectful of other cultures.Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
(Definition of respectful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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