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English definition of “respectfully”

respectfully

adverb (POLITE)    /rɪˈspekt.fəl.i/
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).Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful
(Definition of respectfully adverb (POLITE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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