1) Actions taken in response to fear or low self esteem.

Respect is used in situations where a person wants others (or sometimes themself) to believe they have a high opinion of someone.

People respect their loved ones as people they have strong feelings for could use their feelings to hurt them. People respect those with authority over them as they are afraid of that authority being used against them.

To respect is one way of defining the feelings and behaviour caused by the pecking order in society: People respect their betters as they dont want to admit their own failings or are afraid that if they express their dislike for those better than them it would be seen as a challenge.

2) An attempt to gain the favor of others by showing empathy or understanding of other peoples views and feelings - commonly used in arguments to portray a superior knowledge of the issue in question.
1) I respect my girl (cos I'm scared she'll leave me)

I respect myself (It's better than saying I hate myself)

Give me some respect (Fear what I can do to you)

2) I respect your opinion (But mines still right)
by Yaoigirlproxy January 22, 2005
Top Definition
A quality seriously lacking in today's society
Respect? What the hell does that mean?
by Anonymous October 28, 2003
It means valuing each others points of views. It means being open to being wrong. It means accepting people as they are. It means not dumping on someone because you're having a bad day. It means being polite and kind always, because being kind to people is not negotiable. It means not dissing people because they're different to you. It means not gossiping about people or spreading lies.
We are lacking respect for each other.
by peppermint_rose July 27, 2005
Something everyone expects, but has no willingness to show.
I ain't no bitch, How 'bout some Mother fucking respect.
by Gene November 11, 2003
To treat people in the manner in which you expect to be treated. To show consideration for another person's feelings and interests. An attitude demonstrating that you value another person. You should treat your friends with respect.
That guy showed a total lack of respect when he cancelled our Friday night plans at the last minute!
by Dissed August 19, 2006
Not to be confused with fear which it often is.
1.I respect my kung fu teacher he is the toughest muthafucka I have ever met and could take on ( and even kill is he so wished ) many people at once but he only uses his skills for self defence and the defence of others, never for attack, he has great power but is responsible with that power and I respect him for that.

2. People fear Gangstaz they say they respect them because they fear them, they are scared to say they dont respect them because they fear what might happen to them if they go against them.

Fear and respect are not the same thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Nemesis July 15, 2006
An exclamation used to indicate your admiration/respect for someone.
"I was banging dumb bitches last night." _ Person 1
"Respect." - Person 2
by Bagelhead November 06, 2003
A word synonymous with acknowledgment, recognition, and consideration.
"Respect me for me," or "Respect my authority," both of which are demands for acknowledgment, recognition, consideration.
by Romann September 11, 2005

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