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respectableadjective

us   /rɪˈspek·tə·bəl/
socially acceptable because of having a good character or appearance or behaving in a way that is approved of: It was hard to find a clean shirt that looked respectable enough to be seen in.
Respectable also means large enough or good enough to be acceptable: a respectable income Her school has a respectable basketball program.
respectability
noun [U] us   /rɪˌspek·təˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
Everything in the hotel had an air of old-time respectability.
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respectableadjective

uk   /rɪˈspek.tə.bəl/ us   /rɪˈspek.tə.bəl/
B2 considered to be socially acceptable because of your good character, appearance, or behaviour: a respectable young woman from a good family This part of the city has become quite 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 final score was a respectable 2–1.

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