respectful Definition

  • 1showing admiration for someone or something, often in a formal way
  • 2polite and showing respect

Using respectful: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "respectful" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was always respectful to her elders.

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    He spoke in a respectful tone.

  • Example

    It is important to be respectful of other people's beliefs.

  • Example

    The students were very respectful during the presentation.

respectful Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with respectful

  • to behave in a way that shows you value someone or something


    It's important to show respect for your teachers.

  • to show respect by doing something such as attending a funeral or visiting a memorial


    Many people came to pay their respects at the funeral.

  • a phrase used to politely disagree with someone or criticize them


    With all due respect, I don't think that's the best approach.


Summary: respectful in Brief

The term 'respectful' [rɪˈspɛktfʊl] refers to showing admiration or politeness towards someone or something. It is often used in formal contexts, such as speaking to elders or in professional settings, and can be exemplified by 'She was always respectful to her elders.' 'Respectful' extends into phrases like 'show respect,' and 'pay respect,' denoting actions that demonstrate value, and 'with all due respect,' used to politely disagree or criticize.

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