Etymology
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respectful (adj.)

1580s, "characterized by respect" (implied in respectfully), from respect (n.) + -ful. The meaning "full of outward civility" is attested by 1680s. Respectfully in conventional subscriptions of letters is attested by 1812. Related: Respectfulness.

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Definitions of respectful

respectful (adj.)
full of or exhibiting respect;
respectful behavior
a respectful glance
respectful (adj.)
feeling or manifesting veneration;
Synonyms: reverential / venerating
From wordnet.princeton.edu