There Are Dozens of Definitions for Respect!

The definition of what is respect is difficult to grasp.  Respect has several meanings.  These definitions will be listed along with respect quotes.

The definitions of respect and disrespect are so numerous that only the most popular will be listed.  Respect is a powerful and meaningful word.  The first step to understanding the word is to acknowledge its many definitions and that the meaning may be very personal.

Next is to develop a definition that works for you.  The meaning of respect is likely to be different for every person.  And it could, also, be different if you are the recipient or the person doing the respecting.  As we go along here, you will see what I mean.

The Many Definitions of "What Is Respect"!

  • Respect is having consideration for the beliefs of others.  Acknowledging that those beliefs exist.  Not doing so would be impolite and not show good manners.
  • Respect is behaving as other people feel you should behave and not violating their expectations.
  • Respect depends on each person's interpretation of the word.  Realize that each person has their own understanding of the word - respect.
  • Respect could mean being honest and direct in conversation.  Yet, some people might consider your directness to be discourteous.
  • Respect may be how you feel about someone, treating them with courtesy and not saying hurtful things. 
  • Respect is not interfering with the way someone looks, thinks or acts.
  • Respect is acting and thinking in a positive way about yourself and others.
  • Respect is showing others that you care about their well-being and feelings.
  • Respect can be given or received.
  • Respect is being good and kind to other people.
  • Respect is appreciating people's differences and not making them feel uncomfortable.
  • Respect is taking people's needs, thoughts, feelings and preferences into consideration.

More Definitions!

  • Respect is shown through our behavior.
  • Respect is often demonstrated by those who pursue money and power in an effort to gain it.
  • Respect, if it is real, is earned.  It cannot be demanded or forced.
  • Respect for parents, teachers and elders is expected, if we are a child.
  • Respect and self-respect are deeply connected.
  • Respect means treating people with courtesy and politeness.
  • Respect means taking the views and desires of others into consideration.
  • Respect is treating others as you would like to be treated.
  • Respect can determine the value of a person or thing.
  • Respect is listening without interrupting, keeping an open mind, agreeing to disagree and giving each other their space.
  • Respect can mean friendship.
  • Respect depends on your own definition; how you define it.  It can mean everything or nothing.

Respect Quotes That Embody "What Is Respect"!

"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being."   JACKIE  ROBINSON

"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say."BRYANT  H.  McGILL

"Respect yourself if you would have others respect you."BALTASAR  GRACIAN

"I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect."   EDWARD  GIBBON

"The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him."   WILLIAM  LYON  PHELPS

"And the greatest lesson that mom ever taught me though was this one.  She told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected.  Now, she said, to always pick being respected."   CHRIS  CHRISTIE

"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."   ALBERT  EINSTEIN

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