respectfully


respectfully

adjective

  1. full of, characterized by, or showing politeness or deference: a respectful reply.

adjective

  1. full of, showing, or giving respect
adj.

1580s, “characterized by respect” (implied in respectfully), from respect (n.) + -ful. Meaning “full of outward civility” attested from 1680s. Related: Respectfulness.

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