What is respect?

  • (noun): The condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded).
    Synonyms: esteem, regard
    See also — Additional definitions below


Respect gives a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected (e.g., "I have great respect for her judgment"). It can also be conduct in accord with a specific ethic of respect. Rude conduct is usually considered to indicate a lack of respect, disrespect, whereas actions that honor somebody or something indicate respect. Specific ethics of respect are of fundamental importance to various cultures. Respect for tradition and legitimate authority is identified by Jonathan Haidt as one of five fundamental moral values shared to a greater or lesser degree by different societies and individuals.

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More definitions of "respect":

  • (noun): A courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard.
    Synonyms: deference
  • (noun): Courteous regard for people's feelings.
    Example: "Out of respect for his privacy"
    Synonyms: deference, respectfulness
  • (verb): Regard highly; think much of.
    Example: "I respect his judgement"
    Synonyms: esteem, value, prize, prise
  • (noun): A feeling of friendship and esteem.
    Example: "He inspires respect"
    Synonyms: regard
  • (noun): Behavior intended to please your parents.
    Example: "He went to law school out of respect for his father's wishes"
    Synonyms: obedience
  • (noun): (usually preceded by 'in') a detail or point.
    Example: "It differs in that respect"
    Synonyms: regard
  • (noun): An attitude of admiration or esteem.
    Example: "She lost all respect for him"
    Synonyms: esteem, regard

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    The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
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    The most beautiful ape is ugly when compared to a human. The wisest human will seem like an ape when compared to a god with respect to wisdom, beauty, and everything else.
    Heraclitus (c. 535–475 B.C.)

    Methodological individualism is the doctrine that psychological states are individuated with respect to their causal powers.
    Jerry Alan Fodor (b. 1935)