Definitions

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  • adv. In a respectful manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a respectful manner; with respect; in a manner comporting with due estimation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a respectful manner

Etymologies

respectful +‎ -ly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Taking established nerd / geekdom as an example (and one which I can safely lay some claim to), your average nerd (And please note I use the term respectfully, I'm not intentionally belittling anyone with the word) is going to be more comfortable with other, similar nerds.

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  • And, again, I say, and I use this term respectfully, it was by default, because Anna Nicole really truly was a very lonely, deep inside, a very lonely woman.

    CNN Transcript Feb 8, 2007

  • I will again respectfully disagree, as Hal Jordan is a DC character and Deadpool is a Marvel character.

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  • (I stayed out of it, of course, listening respectfully from a distance).

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  • Sharing our personal stories thoughtfully, honestly, and respectfully is a good thing.

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  • I won't link to the post where some guy called me a bitch, a slut and whatever else, but here are some choice excerpts from one comment: As a center-right American who voted for Bush and has relatives in Toronto, all I can say respectfully, is go and do what you want.

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  • They speak his name respectfully as that of one who grew up among their ancestors, who trod their streets, sat in their cathedral, won great fame, and met his death under the strange, distant, southern stars.

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  • The boy went his way, eying the labels respectfully and with some awe.

    A Splendid Hazard

  • At his hotel, he made inquiry about the way to Rivenoak, a name respectfully received.

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  • 'Ah yes, stay, dearest Madam!' cried Edgar, again respectfully taking her hand, 'and through your unalterable goodness, let me hope to procure pardon for a distrust which I here for ever renounce; but which had its origin in my never daring to hope what, at this moment, I have the felicity to believe.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

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