/ri spekt"feuhl/, adj.
full of, characterized by, or showing politeness or deference: a respectful reply.
[1590-1600; RESPECT + -FUL]
Syn. courteous, polite, decorous, civil, deferential.
Ant. discourteous, disrespectful.

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