Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “respectful”

See all translations

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

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.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.
(Definition of respectful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of respectful?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “respectful” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

juggernaut

a very large, heavy truck

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More