What is respect?

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

Famous quotes containing the word respect:

    You may, or may not, have better child care instincts than your husband; but his can certainly be developed. If you don’t respect the natural parenting talents that each of you has, you may inadvertently cast the two of you into the skewed but complementary roles of the Expert and the Dumb Apprentice.
    Jean Marzollo (20th century)

    Live free, child of the mist,—and with respect to knowledge we are all children of the mist.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it—especially in art.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)