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English definition of “respectful”

respectful

adjective (ADMIRATION)    /rɪˈspekt.fəl/
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 disrespectfulShowing respect and admiration
(Definition of respectful adjective (ADMIRATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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