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respectful

adjective uk   us   /rɪˈspekt.fəl/

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.
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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.
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