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respectableadjective

uk   us   /rɪˈspek.tə.bl̩/
B2 considered to be ​sociallyacceptable because of ​your good ​character, ​appearance, or ​behaviour: a respectable ​young woman from a good ​family This ​part of the ​city has ​becomequite respectable in the last ten ​years. I ​wore my ​boring, respectable ​suit to the ​interview.C2 A respectable ​amount or ​quality is ​large enough or of a good enough ​standard to be ​acceptable: She ​earns a respectable ​salary. The ​finalscore was a respectable 2–1.

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(Definition of respectable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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respectableadjective

 us   /rɪˈspek·tə·bəl/
sociallyacceptable because of having a good ​character or ​appearance or ​behaving in a way that is ​approved of: It was hard to ​find a ​cleanshirt that ​looked respectable enough to be ​seen in. Respectable also ​meanslarge enough or good enough to be ​acceptable: a respectable ​income Her ​school has a respectable ​basketballprogram.
respectability
noun [U]  us   /rɪˌspek·təˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
Everything in the ​hotel had an ​air of old-time respectability.
(Definition of respectable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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