Adjective "respectability" definition and examples

(Respectability may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/rɪˌspɛktəˈbɪlɪti/

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Definitions and examples

noun

The quality of being socially acceptable.
  1. 'If marriage confers social status and respectability, adultery confers a stigma.'
  2. 'It describes the way the lower castes tend to imitate the customs and rituals of the upper layers in order to gain social respectability.'
  3. 'They were well aware that, in order to retain social respectability, their sexual behaviour had to be beyond reproach.'
  4. 'The Sixties completely wiped away the notion that virginity was essential to respectability and decency.'
  5. 'The social respectability of science attracted the patronage of wealthy and influential figures.'
  6. 'For a long time, the capital of Victoria seemed to be the seat of provincial respectability.'
  7. 'In the course of her conversation on the day of the workshop, she often referred to the terms dignity and respectability.'
  8. 'What they seemed to entirely be missing in their analysis is the notion of respectability.'
  9. 'The old respectability of the establishment could no longer cover up the major moral lapses of the financial sector.'
  10. 'Modern dress also looks anachronistic in a world where respectability is a prime virtue and cuckoldry a social stigma.'
  11. 'scientific respectability'
  12. 'His take on the respectability of SETI in the scientific community is unduly pessimistic.'
  13. 'This is how it achieves respectability, legitimacy and, very often, public funding.'

More definitions

1. the state or quality of being respectable.

2. respectable social standing, character, or reputation.

3. a respectable person or persons.

4. respectabilities, things accepted as respectable.

More examples(as adjective)

"rules can be respectability."