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English definition of “respectfully”

respectfully

adverb uk   /rɪˈspekt.fəl.i/ us  

respectfully adverb (POLITE)

C2 in a way that shows you want to be polite or honour someone: When she was asked if she had any ambition to become prime minister, she respectfully (= politely) declined to answer the question. As the body was carried through the crowd, people drew back respectfully (= to show their respect).

respectfully adverb (ADMIRATION)

C2 in a way that shows you admire someone or something: The audience clapped respectfully as she stood up to speak.
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