from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality, state, or characteristic of being respectable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of being respectable.
- n. The class of respectable people.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being respectable; the state or quality which deserves or commands respect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being respectable; the condition or qualities which deserve or command respect.
- n. A respectable person or thing; a specimen or type of what is respectable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. honorableness by virtue of being respectable and having a good reputation
Can you picture her, longing -- oh, longing -- for what she calls respectability?
Yet the notion of "respectability" is on the rise.
That kind of respectability is not what my work is for, and never will be.
I'd say it's pretty clear that respectability is not going to be theirs ... ever.
Their position in the zodiac of respectability is pretty much locked in, barring a huge meltdown.
This version of respectability is deeply informed by class.
I think she's shown that attempting to bring our nation back to respectability is not tops on her priority list & Obama has continuously shown that it's his top priority.
As I've said before, literary respectability is in the process of taking care of itself.
The boss's respectability is manifested by his maintaining a definite social distance, through an unwillingness to delegate, and by his ability to dominate others (by whatever means necessary).
It would be wrong to call the attitudes that are being opposed Victorian - the dreadful British obsession with respectability is far more characteristic of the earlier decades of the 20th century than of the 19th - and you can question whether we have succeeded in putting a more reasonable form of authority in their place.