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This word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in 3).
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (estimable)
a. respectable
Mi madre siempre me está encima con que no tengo una profesión más respetable.My mother is always on my case for not having a more respectable profession.
2. (substantial)
a. considerable
El paciente tenía una cantidad respetable de tejido dañado y por eso la operación duró más.The patient had a considerable amount of damaged tissue and so the surgery took longer.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
a. audience
El respetable aplaudió durante varios minutos cuando acabó la obra.The audience applauded for several minutes after the play ended.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (venerable)
a. respectable
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (colloquial)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
el respetablethe audience
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el respetable (Teat) the audience; the public
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